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Saturday, 17 August 2019 - Imphal Times

Private hospitals – in imperative call for a robust CGHS system

In order to improve the healthcare structure in India, Government has come up with one of the world’s largest public healthcare programs – Ayushman Bharat, which being an insurance scheme will provide with cashless transaction. While the question remains unclear regarding the reimbursement, when even a much smaller scheme for the central Government employees, CGHS, is already suffering and is in a muddle.
Recently, the hospitals empanelled under CGHS have been issued notices for refusing to admit CGHS beneficiaries and that the government is bound to take strict action against the hospitals. While still the question remains that most of the private hospitals have not yet received the reimbursement amount for rendering services   from the government and the value now amounts to around Rs 700 crores.
Again the setback remains with the payment terms, while the CGHS payments are not made for months together or the hospital receives fewer amounts without any indication of the reasons for deduction. In this view, many hospitals have been closed and some are on the verge fearing to be closed. Even the corporate chains are facing the same concern.
Understanding the CGHS muddle
Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) runs under the administration of ‘ Ministry of health and Family Welfare, was introduced with an aim to provide complete healthcare services to the Government servants at subsidized costs in cashless mode through a network of hospitals empanelled under CGHS( 70% in the private sector), which shall further claim their reimbursement from the Government later.
No Legal Agreement - Since 2014, CGHS has entered into an agreement with the empanelled private hospitals valid for two years, but neither the agreement was ever signed and provided to the hospital nor the extension took place. This clearly indicates that there exists no such legal agreement validly signed by both parties.
Unbothered pricing for Hospitals – After the arbitrary agreement for voluntary participation of hospital in the CGHS, the pricing agreed upon during 2014 remains unchanged even in 2019. There seems no justification for the prices provided by the Government to the hospitals as the hospital’s costs surely increases with every year. 
Repudiated credit terms – As it is evident from the outstanding reimbursement amounting to approx Rs 700 crore, CGHS has never paid the hospitals as per the agreed credit period. While the foremost duty and responsibility of the hospital is to treat the patient, but the Government never thinks that the hospitals end up locking their working capital for the sole purpose of treating CGHS beneficiaries as the payments are delayed for months. According to the agreement, CGHS has agreed upon to pay 60% of the bill value within one week of submission, which until now remains hypothetical.
The need of the hour – A Robust CGHS system
Evident enough, currently CGHS system is monumentally inefficient and under-funded. The Government should come forward and take responsibility to enhance the reimbursement process and make things insync. Being an indirect blame game on the part of both Government and Private Hospitals, patients and society is the ultimate sufferers.
There should be transparent, clear cut directions along with a robust reimbursement system in this scheme to be implemented. The rates for various medical procedures should be decided in consultation with various stakeholders. Abysmally low unaffordable or unmanageable rates will breed corruption and make this scheme unviable.
In order to clean up the mess around the CGHS and improve the current condition, there is an incessant need for improvement and quality control, along with a streamlined reimbursement process which will make CGHS as desired for all.

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ARMY recovers huge cache of Arms and Ammunition in Noney district of Manipur

IT News
Imphal  Aug 17,

As part of the operations for sanitisation of critical areas in Khoupum Valley on the occasion of Independence Day,  a specific input was received  based on which  Indian Army troops under the aegis of the Red Shield Division along with Police launched a search operation  in the area of Thanagong in Noney District, on 14 Aug 2019.
During the search of a Community Hall of  the village large quantity of war like stores including arms and ammunition  were recovered from the premises.  These were hidden inside the rice sacks stored in the hall. The recoveries included two  assault rifles  of  AK-47  & AK-56 series with 250 live rounds, one HK-33 Assault Rifle, one Lathode Grenade Launcher with 20 live grenades and other assorted ammunition of different calibers. Recovered weapons & ammunition have been  handed over to PS Bishnupur for further disposal. The successful operation by the security forces has dealt a huge blow to the nefarious designs of the insurgents in the region.

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AR Felicitates Gallantry award winner

HQ IGAR (South)
Imphal Aug 17,

“A Soldier dies not when he is shot but when he is forgotten”. With this thought in mind, Chassad Battalion of 10 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) felicitated war widow and gallantry award winners at Kamjong on 73rd Independence Day.  
The Battalion felicitated 83 years old Mr Hungyo Henry, village Headman of Bungpa Khunou from Kamjong district who is a Shaurya Chakra awardee. Mr Henry is a decorated SSB soldier, who is a role model for the residents of Kamjong. He was awarded Shaurya Chakra for his gallant act in Ukhrul way back in 1981. He shared his stories of exceptional valor which mesmerized gathering of locals. These tales of exceptional human endeavor create lasting memories of patriotism in young minds.
Rifleman Ningthoujam Subhashchandra Singh of Chassad Battalion achieved martyrdom in July 2018 fighting militants along Indo-Myanmar border for which he has been conferred with Sena Medal (Gallantry) on the eve of Independence Day 2019. The family of the martyr was felicitated as a befitting tribute to the martyr who laid down his life fighting for the motherland.
Commandant Chassad Battalion Assam Rifles expressed his heartfelt appreciation towards the invitees. He conveyed that the unit is honoured with their presence and it has rekindled a sense of pride and honour not only in the locals but the entire fraternity of Assam Rifles.

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Assam Rifles Distributes Sports Kits To Kwatha Village

HQ IGAR (South)
Imphal Aug 17,

In an aim to develop sports facilities at remote locations and to support the cause of ‘Khelo India Initiative’, Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) distributed sports kits to Kwatha village of Tengnoupal district on 15th August 2019 on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.    
Tengnoupal Battalion provided sports kits and infrastructure under the Assam Rifles Civic Action Programme as a gesture to motivate the youth. The villages are located in remote locations and do not have adequate means and facilities for sports and hence requested the assistance from Assam Rifles located at Kwatha. A total of 10 footballs, 2 Nets, 20 pairs of boots with shin guards and stockings, 20 pairs of jerseys and gloves for the goal keeper along with 10 pairs of boxing gloves, 6 pairs of boxing apparel and equipment along with ropes, corner pads, stools and punching bags were provided by of Tengnoupal Battalion.
The Officers of Tengnoupal Battalion also interacted with the members of the village community and Youth Committee and spoke about the importance of sports and its inculcation among young children for a wholesome development as well as opportunities for the youth in the field of sports as coaches, physical trainers, sports persons or even as a means to join the Indian Army.
The honest efforts by the Assam Rifles was deeply appreciated by the villagers of Kwatha who were grateful for the assistance and motivation provided to them by the Assam Rifles.

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