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Effective doctor-patient communication is needed to treat patients- CM

Imphal, Sept. 4 : Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that effective doctor-patient communication is needed and doctors and nurses should console the relatives of the patients while treating the sick persons. This was stated by him at the inaugural function of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Dental Sciences (JNIDS) at the Auditorium of JNIMS today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, N. Biren Singh said that apart from the medications to treat the patients, positive words could heal the sick people. Our doctors and paramedical staffs have great talents, skill and innovative ideas and are being respected across the country for their professional expertise, he added. Chief Minister further stated that at present, professional ethics should be upheld by the doctors and paramedical staffs and collective work and co-ordination among them is very much needed to execute their responsibilities and duties.
Stating that human civilization is not only the product of infrastructural developments, N. Biren Singh said that we need to create and maintain a culture of discipline to achieve the path of greatness that can lead to a great human civilization.  He stressed that the faculties and staffs of both JNIMS and JNIDS have to work hard so as to gain the reputation of the Institute. Image building is also the need of the hour to attract students and patients from all over the country, he added.
Acknowledging the lack of manpower in JNIMS, Chief Minister urged the officials and administrative staffs of the institute to discuss thoroughly about the situation and the present infrastructure requirements. The requirement of staffs and faculties of the Institute would be filled up soon, he added. Chief Minister said that Neurosurgery Department would be functioned properly after the completion of installation of proper machines and equipments in the institute. He also urged the JNIMS administration to submit a blueprint for the upgradation and construction of JNIMS for proper functioning of the Institute. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) is almost ready for setting up the Cancer Hospital in JNIMS, he added.
Mentioning that there is an importance of sustainability to achieve any goals, Chief Minister expressed that the new government was formed to bring some positive change in the society and is fully committed to execute that has been promised before the elections for the progress and development of the State. He said that the present government would not keep silent on the discrepancies or misuse of public accounts and corruption in the State. He assured that the new government would not let down the wishes and aspirations of the people. The government is committed to help or uplift the poorest of the poor in the State, he added.
N. Biren Singh appealed the people of the State to take a common pledge to do something good for the future generation. The government would warmly welcome the advice or suggestion from the people so that the new government could deliver good governance to the people. He further expressed that money is worth nothing if we don’t have peace and prosperity in the State.   

Chief Minister urged that a collective responsibility is needed for the betterment of society rather blaming or criticising on other’s work. He further mentioned that after the rainy season, the government would give top priority for blacktopping the existing roads and repairing of roads in the State.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare,  L. Jayantakumar said that despite of the financial constraints and inconveniencies faced by the government, the government is planning to increase the manpower and other requirements for smooth functioning of the institute. He further mentioned that professional ethics should be maintained by the doctors and paramedical staffs for providing better healthcare services in the State.
Clarifying on the recent FIR lodged against former Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh and five former bureaucrats of the state for alleged financial irregularities in the Manipur Development Society (MDS), Minister said that the government has taken such step not for political vendetta or political revenge against any political parties or persons but to find out the responsible person or authorities for the mismanagement, misappropriation and misuse of funds. He said that everybody is answerable to the Rule of Law and no one is above the Law in a democratic State.
On the occasion, the dignitaries also inaugurated the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Unit in JNIMS.
Later, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh along with Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh visited and enquired about the health condition of S. Ringo, former journalist, who is undergoing treatment at JNIMS.
Parliamentary Secretary (Home) L. Susindro Meitei, MLA S. Subhaschandra Singh, Director JNIMS Dr. Th. Bhimo, Principal of JNIDS Dr. M. Angou, faculties and students of JNIMS attended the function.

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Culture of respect

While the topic of ‘respect’ may seem too trivial a matter for discussion or deliberation given the uncountable ‘pressing issues’ that are occupying the minds and the concerns of the people of the state, it must be said that one of the most significant barriers to progress of a particular society is a dysfunctional culture rooted in widespread disrespect which are being manifested in various ways and manner including disruptive behavior; humiliating, demeaning treatment of others who are less fortunate; passive-aggressive behavior towards the more vulnerable individuals or groups; passive disrespect; dismissive treatment of others who are financially weaker; and systemic disrespect to mention a few. If we only care enough to delve further into the topic, it would become clear that creating a culture of respect is the essential first step in a society’s journey to becoming a safe, highly reliable one that provides a supportive and nurturing environment and a conducive atmosphere that enables the public to engage wholeheartedly in various aspects of our social lives. A culture of respect requires that the society as a whole and the government in particular develop effective methods for responding to episodes of disrespectful behavior while also initiating the cultural changes needed to prevent such episodes from occurring. Both responding to and preventing disrespect are major challenges for the leaders of the state as well as of the different communities or groups who must create the preconditions for a positive change towards this end and lead in establishing and practicing the same. When disrespectful behavior occurs, it must be addressed consistently and transparently. Central to an effective response is a code of conduct that establishes unequivocally the expectation that everyone is entitled to be treated with courtesy, honesty, respect, and dignity. The code must be enforced fairly through a clear and explicit process and applied consistently regardless of one’s position, social standing or community. Creating a culture of respect requires action on many fronts such as modeling respectful conduct and educating the general public on appropriate behavior that increase the sense of fairness, transparency, collaboration, and individual responsibility. Respect is something that people often take for granted. After all, most individuals, or on a broader perspective different communities or groups are ‘okay with each other’. But the goal must be to achieve a social environment where people want to be, where mutual trust and easy harmony replaces enmity and distrust, where suspicion and wariness has no place. Creating a positive culture goes beyond conversations about diversity and celebrating differences.  A foundation of how we treat others and solve problems and modeling that throughout the society is far more important than isolated assemblies, monthly themes and small group crisis management.  Giving people interpersonal skills can be a huge benefit for them in their social life, and much of the distress we see in our world currently can be ultimately drilled down to a general inability to disagree respectfully and continue to work for a harmonious solution. It is through respect that the talents and efforts of others can be recognized and appreciated. Respect creates sincerity which is the need of the hour if we are to even begin wishing for a better society.

NSCN (K) yet to decide on peace talks

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Kohima, Sept. 4: While it is being increasingly felt that any agreement between Government of India and NSCN (I-M) would not have substantial bearing in ending Naga insurgency, the Khaplang faction (NSCN-K) is yet to take a call on joining the peace process, The Asian Age report stated.
A top Myanmar-based functionary of the banned NSCN-K on being contacted by The Asian Age said on condition of anonymity: “We do receive calls from several sections asking to return to peace saying with our involvement in the process no final settlement can be possible, we have however not taken any decision so far.”
A cross-section of Naga social activists that The Asian Age spoke to also viewed the NSCN (K)’s involvement as well as that of the other factions as very important for a final solution to one of the world’s longest running insurgencies. Many Naga civic organisations like the Naga Mothers’ Association, Naga Hoho and the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation have been trying to get the NSCN (K) involved in the talks process. Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang, too, had requested that all “stakeholders” be taken into account before signing of the final agreement.
Since 1999, the NSCN (I-M) and the government have been deliberating on a set of 33 demands which include demands like a separate official flag, a separate constitution, dual citizenship and a physical integration of all Naga-inhabited areas in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the report stated.
While a separate constitution has been ruled out and the last demand is understood to have been put in the “backburner for now,” the framework for the agreement includes a concept of “shared sovereignty” and special constitutional privileges to safeguard the traditional rights of Nagas with due recognition of the uniqueness of their history. The Naga insurgency movement — with independence as the main demand— is more than six decades old.
Government figures say about 3,000 have died in the conflict till now, unofficial figures put the number at about 50,000.

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