TRIHMS a commitment fulfilled: CM

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: Providing quality, affordable and timely health care facilities to the people is the topmost priority of the state government, and the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) is a significant initiative towards fulfilling this commitment, said Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
Chairing the third meeting of the governing council of the TRIHMS Society here on Tuesday, the chief minister assured of full support of the state government for smooth functioning and development of the TRIHMS, which is scheduled to start its maiden academic session on Wednesday.
He requested the members to adhere to all procedural guidelines and keep no loopholes for hurdles to surface in the future.
Reviewing the requirements, both infrastructural and financial, of the TRIHMS, the CM said there would be no shortfalls for genuine demands, provided funds granted are utilized judiciously and all processes are carried out strictly according to the laid down norms.
The chief minister, by virtue of being the chairman of the governing council, sought clear-cut norms and guidelines for revision of salary and perks and appointment orders of faculties, besides giving the go-ahead to increasing the intake of MBBS students from 50 to 100 and increasing the number of beds in the teaching hospital from 300 to 500.
The governing council was of the view that the TRIHMS should have its own full-fledged trauma centre and cancer centre, in view of accident proneness and high percentage of cancer patients in the state. The CM advised the TRIHMS authorities to “work on the proposal,” for later consideration of the union health ministry as well as the state government.
Various issues, including expansion of the TRIHMS campus, extension at Pachin Colony, recruitment of non-teaching staff, acquisition of private properties located in the campus, regulation of private pharmacies in the hospital, appointment of staff nurses, and outsourcing of security apparatus were discussed in the meeting.
TRIHMS Director Dr Moji Jini informed that an induction ceremony for the first batch of MBBS students would be held on 1 August at the institute, in the presence of the CM, the DCM, the health minister and members of the Medical Council of India, including its president Dr Jayshree Mehta.
Tuesday’s meeting was attended by, among others, Health Minister Alo Libang, the health commissioner, the finance commissioner, and TRIHMS Dean Pro P Jayakumar. (CMO)