In his presidential speech, chairman and managing director of Imphal Heart Institute and Mother’s Care Children Hospital and Research Centre Dr. Kh Ratankumar Singh said that the scheme was launched with the motive of giving financial assistance to economically backward patients.
Explaining the criteria of the scheme, he said “The total outlay of the scheme is eighteen lakh per annum. It covers only for the patients who are under the age of 18 years and living Below Poverty Line (BPL).”
He recalled the history of the establishment of Mother’s Care Children Hospital and Research Centre. This paediatric care institution was started in the year 2005 with only 5 beds which was kept especially for the intensive care unit (ICU), he said. From the very beginning we have the motive of providing quality care service along with reasonable cost of treatment to the parents. Apart from that we used to give free cost of treatment to economically backward classes, he stated.
With due course of time the hospital has been expanded and finally included among the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of north eastern states of India, he added.
Chief minister, N.Biren Singh who chaired as chief guest in inaugural function congratulated the institution for their dedication and endless human service extended to the society.
He said “I am happier than Kh. Ratankumar and Dr. Arambam Athouba Singh who is chief cardiac surgeon of Imphal Heart Institute as the initiatives taken up by these two dynamic doctors will surely help me to share half of my responsibilities.”
On the day of Meeyamgi Numit, many helpless and clueless people who have been struggling for life, approached me for medical help and support. I am very sure that those complain and request can be easily deal by this institution to some extent, he added.
Appreciating the scheme launched by this institution, he said that if private hospitals can give such impressive commitment to the poorest of the poor, then why would the government remain silent, he said.
He assured of giving support to poorest section of the society with the schemes that had already launched and had been planning to launch in the coming days. “With the objective of bringing equality to weaker section of society, I had recently launched a scheme for differently abled person which gives financial assistance of Rs 1500 per month to the bed ridden, differently abled persons. From January 1, the government is going to provide a monetary aid for medical treatment of two lakh rupees especially for BPL and under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY).”
This pipeline scheme will also cover the empanelled private hospitals. But for these we need to have some understanding between the government and empanelled private hospital as money has to be transferred to patient through cashless transaction, he mentioned.
A memorandum was signed between a firm based on Mauritius and government of Manipur for the establishment of a private hospital that will produce 150 MBBS students annually. This will turn into action very soon, he assured.
He urged all the well qualified doctors of Manipur who are residing outside the state to come back to Manipur and serve for the state of Manipur.
In his welcome address, Arambam Athouba Singh had highlighted some of the achievement made by the said institution and asked the chief minister to draw his attention in the promotion of medical tourism in Manipur.
Other delegates who attended in today’s function were minister of health and family welfare L. Jayanta kumar Singh, director of health services Dr. K. Rajo, MLA of Sagolband assembly constituency, R.K Imo as guests of honour.
As a part of the programme, Dr. Chingthang Kshetrimayum Neurologist, Dr. Ngangom Sonamani Paediatric Hematooncologist and Dr. Suraj Kumar Pradhan visiting cardiac surgeon were felicitated.
Gifts were also presented to the kids whose ailments were cured by this institution.
Source: Imphal Free Press