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First homegrown private medical college of NE coming up in Manipur

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Imphal, Nov 8: Manipur is all set to introduce the first ever homegrown private medical college in Northeast India to provide adequate medical facilities to the people of the region and neighbouring country from next month.

Informing this, Dr Palin Khundongbam, Chairman & Managing Director of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI) while addressing a press conference here on Sunday said that the objective is to produce strong, empathetic, compassionate, socially and environmentally responsible research-oriented medical professionals for the new era of health care services and help save the state's exchequer and inclusive growth of the region.

The new medical college will function under the name Shija Academy of Health Sciences (SAHS), he said.

Citing the requirement of doctors in the Northeast considering the demands, Dr Palin said that there is demand of more than 10,000 doctors in the region considering the World Health Organisation recommendation of doctor to population ratio of 1:1000.

Presently there are 35,396 registered doctors against the requirement of 45,000 in the entire NE which houses about 16 medical colleges including 8 in Assam and 2 each in Manipur and Tripura. There are about 440 medical colleges in the country.

On the other hand in Manipur, only 150 students out of over 4000 medical aspirants in the state are selected as government nominees and more than 400 Manipuri students are going outside the state and country to study medical education every year.

He added it is also estimated that about 700 Manipuri students are studying medical studies in China alone not to speak of other countries.

At the same time, the approximate annual expenditure on healthcare and medical education crossed Rs 500 crores,he said.The amount will be more if we include expenditure of dental,nursing,paramedical and other health management studies outside the state.

The upcoming SAHS will have an academic block and an independent subsidised 700 bedded teaching hospital which will be constructed within 2 years.

SHRI which was started 36 years ago as a clinic attached to a pharmacy,is now serving the as a government empanelled super speciality 350 bedded hospital(including 60 critical care beds) with supported by 1399 caregivers including 165 full-time doctors, is also planning to have satellite 100 bedded hospital at Moreh, the international border town to cater the healthcare for the border areas of India and Myanmar.

On the intake capacity of SAHS, he said that the National Medical Commission has permitted 150 students per year from the academic session 2021-2022. Stating that hostels & other infrastructures are ready for the session (likely from Dec 15,2021), he said that they have submitted the proposal for the fee structures and seat sharing etc to the government for their approval.

The new medical college will not only generate employment but also help the state to develop as one of the global healthcare destinations as there is a saying that a hospital bed directly provides jobs to 5 persons and indirectly to 25 others.The present location of the SHRI in Imphal has become a productive place for the residents.

Director (SAHS) Dr M Amuba, Board of directors (SAHS) Dr Jugindra Sorokhaibam,Bonney Devi S and Gayatri Maibam and Medical Superintendent (SAHS) Kaushik Debnath also attended the press conference.

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First homegrown private medical college of NE coming up in Manipur

Imphal, Nov 8: Manipur is all set to introduce the first ever homegrown private medical college in Northeast India to provide adequate medical facilities to the people of the region and neighbouring country from next month.

Informing this, Dr Palin Khundongbam, Chairman & Managing Director of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI) while addressing a press conference here on Sunday said that the objective is to produce strong, empathetic, compassionate, socially and environmentally responsible research-oriented medical professionals for the new era of health care services and help save the state's exchequer and inclusive growth of the region.

The new medical college will function under the name Shija Academy of Health Sciences (SAHS), he said.

Citing the requirement of doctors in the Northeast considering the demands, Dr Palin said that there is demand of more than 10,000 doctors in the region considering the World Health Organisation recommendation of doctor to population ratio of 1:1000.

Presently there are 35,396 registered doctors against the requirement of 45,000 in the entire NE which houses about 16 medical colleges including 8 in Assam and 2 each in Manipur and Tripura. There are about 440 medical colleges in the country.

On the other hand in Manipur, only 150 students out of over 4000 medical aspirants in the state are selected as government nominees and more than 400 Manipuri students are going outside the state and country to study medical education every year.

He added it is also estimated that about 700 Manipuri students are studying medical studies in China alone not to speak of other countries.

At the same time, the approximate annual expenditure on healthcare and medical education crossed Rs 500 crores,he said.The amount will be more if we include expenditure of dental,nursing,paramedical and other health management studies outside the state.

The upcoming SAHS will have an academic block and an independent subsidised 700 bedded teaching hospital which will be constructed within 2 years.

SHRI which was started 36 years ago as a clinic attached to a pharmacy,is now serving the as a government empanelled super speciality 350 bedded hospital(including 60 critical care beds) with supported by 1399 caregivers including 165 full-time doctors, is also planning to have satellite 100 bedded hospital at Moreh, the international border town to cater the healthcare for the border areas of India and Myanmar.

On the intake capacity of SAHS, he said that the National Medical Commission has permitted 150 students per year from the academic session 2021-2022. Stating that hostels & other infrastructures are ready for the session (likely from Dec 15,2021), he said that they have submitted the proposal for the fee structures and seat sharing etc to the government for their approval.

The new medical college will not only generate employment but also help the state to develop as one of the global healthcare destinations as there is a saying that a hospital bed directly provides jobs to 5 persons and indirectly to 25 others.The present location of the SHRI in Imphal has become a productive place for the residents.

Director (SAHS) Dr M Amuba, Board of directors (SAHS) Dr Jugindra Sorokhaibam,Bonney Devi S and Gayatri Maibam and Medical Superintendent (SAHS) Kaushik Debnath also attended the press conference.