SHILLONG, March 05: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday asked themanagement of the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) to increase the seats for students pursuing MBBS courses from 50 to 100 and pursue the same aggressively with the Centre so that the huge infrastructure available with the Institute can be fully utilized.
The Chief Minister was addressing the third Annual Day function of NEIGRIHMS here on Thursday. On the occasion, Dr. Sangma along with the Director of the Institute, Prof. A. G. Ahangar, also gave away the certificates to the outgoing MBBS graduates, B.Sc Nursing graduates and the Post-Graduates.
Reiterating on the government’s ambitious plan of making Meghalaya a destination for Health, Education and for showcasing its rich cultural heritage and natural endowments as well as the legacy of the state as a centre of education, Dr. Sangma said that almost 80 percent of the successful people of the Northeast that he came across were the products of Shillong, adding that his government was making all out efforts to restore the city as the educational centre for all the youth of the North Eastregion.
Recalling the magnanimity of former Prime Minister of India Late Rajiv Gandhi in setting up NEIGRIHMS to bridge the huge gap in health services in the region, the Chief Minister stated that it is incumbent upon the state and the Institute to make optimum use this resource and also stressed on the need to focus on this crucial sector, to see how providing quality healthcare for the people can become sustainable.
He also said that his Government was trying its best to improve the Human Development Index which is much behind the neighbouring countries through the Megha Health Insurance Scheme covering the whole population of the state, to take care of the health expenses of the people.
The Chief Minister also emphasized on the need to provide the same kind of support that is given to Public Health also to Private Health sector and the need for more research and study by the Institute saying that the State is grappling around for vaccines for all kinds of diseases that are around us.
He also urged for more professionals to come and work at the Institute informing that very soon he willbe laying the foundation stone for the International Centre for Performing Arts and Culture nearby. He also urged upon the young medical professionals to see how their knowledge and skill can be of best use to the people in the region.
Earlier, the former Director AIIMS and Chair-Professor, Medical Education & Research & Director-General, Public Health, Amity University, Noida, Prof. R.C. Deka, who was also the guest of honour on the occasion, gave the Indira Gandhi oration on building the reputation of the Institute, stressing on competence and confidence with compassion as a must for medical professionals.