Imphal, Sep 14: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said the North East region has witnessed phenomenal developmental changes under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Prime Minister has a vision to make the facilities available in the region not less than that of other parts of the country,” he said addressing the 48th Foundation Day Celebration and Graduation Ceremony of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here.
Stating said that the Central government has a firm determination and dream to bring RIMS to greater heights, the Union Minister assured to further strengthen medical facilities in Manipur with utmost sincerity and commitment.
Harsh Vardhan said that RIMS has been ranked at 28th position in Medical category in All India Rankings 2019, and this was possible due to the dedicated hard work of the teachers, students, doctors and medical, para-medical and non-medical staff of the institute.
Seeking Harsh Vardhan’s intervention in the early commencement of Air Ambulance Service with RIMS as one of the centre, Chief Minister ,N. Biren Singh explained, “Manipur being a topographically difficult State requires the service at the earliest. The ministry of Development of North Eastern Region had already sanctioned Rs. 25 crore to start the service.”
To meet quality healthcare needs of the people of the State, Biren also urged the Union Minister to upgrade RIMS to the status of AIIMS.
He also sought Central Government’s assistance in setting up another State-run medical college and opening a Neurosurgery Unit and Stroke-Care Centre at JNIMS.
Stating that Manipur is a poor State, the Chief Minister also requested Harsh Vardhan to extend help in setting up a Cancer Hospital in the State as well.