Chief Minister Pema Khandu has sought support, guidance and cooperation from the prestigious North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, for establishment of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (Medical College) in the state.
Pema requested this during a meeting with NEIGRIHMS director Professor Dr. P Bhattacharjee who called on him here today at his Civil Secretariat office.
While terming NEIGRIHMS as one of the best models in terms of health and medical institute, Khandu requested its director to help the state in drafting the recruitment rules for Medical College faculties besides providing guidance and support in recruitment of professor level faculties. He also appealed the premier medical institute to exchange teaching programmes and faculties through digital class rooms.
“As of now huge number of patients go to NEIGRIHMS but it has not been empanelled under the benevolent Arunachal Pradesh Chief Ministers Universal Insurance scheme due to some reservations raised by NEIGRIHMS officials” Khandu informed.
He requested the Director to look into the matter on a positive note so that patients going from the state gets the benefit under the APCMUHIS. He further revealed that the state government is restructuring the scheme to ensure that benefits are multiplied and all bottlenecks are removed. A meeting in this regard has been scheduled on September 28 next.
The Chief Minister instructed the health department to immediately process for requirement of fund for construction of Arunachal guest house near NEIGRIHMS for which land has already been acquired. He also assured to introduce a dedicated shuttle bus service for NEIGRIHMs from the state capital for convenience of patients.
Assuring all possible support, Prof. Battacharjee, who is also Member of the Governing Council of the upcoming medical college at Naharlagun, asked the state government to create congenial atmosphere at the institute by providing all necessary facilities to lure faculties.
“Biggest challenge now would be to hunt for professors” he shared while assuring that he would do his best to recruit best teaching faculties for the first medical institute of the state.
On the request of the Chief Minister for considering two digital class rooms for the upcoming medical college, Prof. Battacharjee informed that one Digital Class room has already been sanctioned. He assured that he would take up with the Ministry of Health, Government of India to consider one more digital class room for the state.
Health Minister Jomde Kena, Parliamentary Secretary Health Phurpa Tsering, Director Health & Family Welfare Dr. Moji Jini among others also attended the meeting.