Saturday, 14 September 2019 - Imphal Times

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Imphal, Sept 14

Union Health and Family Minister Harsh Vardhan assured that the ministry will discuss all the proposals to enhance medical institutions and to make Air ambulance functional at the earliest.This was stated today on the sidelines of the 48th Foundation Day & Graduation ceremony of RIMS at the Jubilee Hall of the said institution.
Responding to poser made by media persons he said that the proposals made by the CM such as to upgrade the medical institutions, to have a standard hospital like AIMS and to start the air Ambulance service at the earliest.
In the past five years, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, the North East region has witnessed phenomenal developmental changes under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that PM Modi has a vision to make the facilities available in the region not less than that of other parts of the country.
Earlier, speaking at the function as the chief guest, Dr. Harsh Vardhan opined that quality of a good doctor is determined by his manner showed to patients. Doctors should never adopt a casual approach but work with great precision and focus while giving treatment to patients because people are looking at them with great hopes, he observed.
On the other hand, being a doctor they should feel blessed and privileged as it is one of the most sought after and respected professions, and added that they should also reciprocate it to the society by rendering dedicated service with great sincerity.
The Minister continued that RIMS has been ranked at 28th position in Medical category in All India Rankings 2019, and this was possible due to the dedicated hard work of the teachers, students, doctors and medical, para-medical and non-medical staff of the institution
Speaking at the occasion as the functional president, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh sought Dr. Harsh Vardhan’s intervention in the early commencement of Air Ambulance Service with RIMS as one of the centres. He said that being a topographically difficult State, Manipur requires the service at the earliest. He further reminded that the DoNER Ministry had already sanctioned Rs. 25 crore to start the service.
To meet quality healthcare needs of the people of the State, the Chief Minister also urged the Union Minister to upgrade RIMS to the status of AIIMS. He also sought Central Government’s assistance in setting up another State-run medical college and opening a Neurosurgery Unit and Stroke-Care Centre at JNIMS. Stating that Manipur is a poor State, the Chief Minister also requested Dr. Harsh Vardhan to extend help in setting up a Cancer Hospital in the State as well. Recalling the several milestones that had been achieved in the last two and half years of the BJP-led Government in the State in the health sector CM N. Biren stated that 74,121 families have been enrolled under Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), out of which 14,568 have benefited from the scheme involving a total amount of Rs. 20.74 crore. So far, 5,907 patients had benefitted under the scheme at RIMS involving a total claim of Rs. 933.48 lakh, he added. At present, six private hospitals are also implementing CMHT, Shri Biren said adding that efforts are underway to empanel hospitals outside the State for implementing the scheme for the benefit of people from the State.
2,144 claims have been made under PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat at RIMS, involving a total claim of Rs. 3.80 crore, he said. Till date enrolment for 1,58,421 families in the state have been approved, out of which 5,777 have benefitted involving a total claim amount of Rs. 10.86 crore, the Chief Minister said. The Government had also launched 20 Mobile laboratories to enable people in interior villages to access healthcare in their own homes apart from deploying ten advanced life support ambulances, N. Biren said. 244 doctors had been recruited through the Manipur Public Service Commission. Generic medicines are made available in 26 health institutions. Two 50 bedded District Hospitals in Chandel and Tamenglong have been commissioned, he added. The Chief Minister further said that establishment of eight new district hospitals had been approved. 53 diagnostic tests are being done free of cost while free dialysis for BPL is also available at JNIMS. A dental college was also established in JNIMS, the Chief Minister said. Later a Governor’s Council Meeting was also held chaired by the Union Health and Family Minister Harsh Vardhan. This was the first council meeting to be held at Imphal. MP Dr. R.K. Ranjan, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, RIMS Director Prof. A. Santa Singh, RIMS Medical Superintendent Prof. Ch. Arunkumar, Dean (Academics) A. Rogen, Prof. Th. Sudhirchandra of Surgery Department and Retired Professor Dr. Y. Iboton attended the function as dignitaries. Earlier, Dr. Harsh Vardhan handed out Gold Medal and certificates to MBBS Graduates belonging to the Class of 2014 batch. He also released ‘Remedy’, the annual magazine of RIMS Students’ Union. On the other hand, the Chief Minister and other dignitaries also distributed Gold Medals and certificates to Post Graduate and MBBS Graduates, who secured top position in different medical subjects.

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Imphal, Sept. 14

Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla launched 150 New Craft Souvenirs of Manipur designed under MEETAC at Darbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Imphal, today. The launching ceremony of Innovative Crafts Souvenirs of Manipur, Craft Map of Manipur and MEETAC Website was organized by Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen (MEETAC) in collaboration with National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.
Addressing the gathering as Chief Guest of the ceremony, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said that the launching of the ‘Innovative Craft Souvenirs of Manipur’, Craft Map of Manipur and Mission for Economic Empowerment of Traditional Artisans & Craftsmen (MEETAC) Website will help the artisans and craftsmen to expand their existing range of products by utilizing local resources and skills. It will be instrumental in creating a brand for Manipur and in turn for MEETAC, under whose name these Souvenirs would be marketed.
Governor said that there is no match for the rich arts and culture of the State and is yet to get its due recognition in the global scenario. They have set a bench mark of quality and excellence that is quintessentially Indian. The skills of our artisans are living symbols of self-reliance and exemplify our heritage of creativity, aesthetics and craftsmanship. As a highly decentralized activity, the handicrafts and handloom industry of the State is a shining example of using local resources and skills, she added.
She further added that the handicraft and handloom sector in the State is un-organized and the market potential of the State’s crafts has not been tapped properly, particularly outside the State in spite of its importance to the economy. MEETAC along with its Knowledge Partners has been working with Artisans at the village and cluster level in order to bring diversified and trendy designs which are more acceptable in other States and countries and also by the young generation, she added. Governor said under the expert guidance of NID, Ahmedabad, MEETAC has developed a new chain of Craft Souvenirs of Manipur and about 150 new Souvenir designs for 7 (seven) Traditional Crafts have been developed by the Artisans from various Districts namely Imphal, Senapati, Kamjong, Churachandpur, Tamenglong, Noney, Tengnoupal and Ukhrul.
Stating that the State has developed the Craft Map of Manipur for the first time in the history of Manipur, Governor said, it is an important step in the direction towards preserving our crafts and cultural heritage. On developing the website, Governor said that the Website will be a platform for the local artisans to get up-to-date knowledge about the new market trends and new initiatives of MEETAC for their development.
Textiles, Commerce & Industries Minister Th. Biswajit Singh, who is also the Chairman of MEETAC, said that even if the state has enough resources, there is lack of initiatives and policies resulting in lag of development of the State. Lauding the effort of NID and MEETAC in providing training to the artisans and craftsmen of the state, the Minister said that the release of the souvenir enables us to know of the skills of the artisans and the craftsmen from different parts of the State. He added that available resources should be utilized in creating products which will have international market. The Minister also added that the launching of the souvenir will create another atmosphere not only in Manipur but also in other parts of the country to acknowledge the skill of the artisans and craftsmen. It will improve the economy and livelihood of the people, he added.
It is worth mentioning that MEETAC is the new initiative of the Government of Manipur, established on 29th December, 2017 as an autonomous Society under the Department of Textiles, Commerce & Industries, Government of Manipur. MEETAC was formally launched on 1st September, 2018. MEETAC is making sustained efforts to provide unified access to the Traditional Artisans of Hills and Valley of Manipur for design development of their crafts/arts as per global standards, training and entrepreneurship development in order to increase the market demand of their products and achieve better economic valuation.
Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla along with Minister Th. Biswajit unveiled the Craft Map and launched the Innovative Craft Souvenir of Manipur and the official website of MEETAC. Certificates were also distributed to the Artisans and Craftsmen from various Districts of the State who took part in the training and skill development programme of MEETAC. Later the Governor inspected an exhibition showcasing the works of the artisans and craftsmen from different areas of the State.
The launching ceremony was attended by Anurag Bajpai, IFS, CEO (MEETAC), Bindoo Ranjan, Project Head, NID (Ahmedabad), officials and staffs of MEETAC and NID, Ahmedabad, Artisans and local Craft Entrepreneurs.

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Imphal, Sep 14,

Commemorating the 123rd Birth Anniversary of Comrade Hijam Irabot Communist, Party of India (CPI) Thoubal and Wangkhem Local Council began the celebration today at Kshetri Shanglen, Thoubal.
The programme was attended by CPI, State Secretariat members comrade S.Sorojini Devi, Comrade Langol Iboyaima, CPI Wangkhel Local Council, Executive Member, Comrade A.Gulapi, Veteran CPI Leader, Th.Yaiskul, Former Commissioner, Thoubal Municipal Coucil, Comrade M.Shamungou, CPI Thoubal Local Council, Executive Member, Comrade Ksh.Manglem and All Manipur Nupi Marup, District Secy. Comrade S.Bhanu Devi as presidium members.
Comrade Ak. Jugeshor begin the programme by a speech, presidium members and people paid a floral tribute on the photo of Hijam Irabot Singh.
Comrade Langol Iboyaima said about the life history of Hijam Irabot and Comrade Th.Yaiskul said on the topic of Marxism.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:57

KVK Thoubal lauds WRD Thoubal

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Imphal, Sep 14,

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Thoubal lauded the concern authority for the availability of water.
KVK Thoubal, Plant Agronomy, Specialist, Nameirakpam Tomba said that this year all the farmers of the State are facing a huge problems due to the shortage of rain. He added that under the Agriculture Department, KVK Thoubal are helping the farmers by community nursery plantation. He further said that they requested the Project-IV, Water Resource Department, Thoubal Circle-II to supply of water and in time the department supplied the water. He added that KVK Thoubal also praises Wangbal Gram Panchayat, Pradhan, Heisnam Manichandra Singh for his work.   

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Crimes against humanity deserve the worst form of punishment. Different nations have different legal system to protect the interests of their country. The enforcement of certain laws – like capital punishment; Special powers act to armed forces may have strong and supportive argument as it is about the security of their respective nations. Gross violation of human rights at certain parts of the country and other parts of the world may receive severe criticisms from many who are concerned for Human values. Arguments may continue for certain human causes permitting each sides to stand tight with their act. But what about some issues like global warming, water scarcity and deforestation?
There is no wrong in saying that environment has no boundary. Burning of the Amazon Forest is a threat to all life form in the planet. A massive destruction of forest or extraction of crude oil or mismanagement of natural water is among the issues which no nations could give reasonable arguments as it affect regions beyond politically drawn boundaries. After all, these issues are about human beings across the globe.
Reports about the scarcity of usable water have been top news at almost all newspaper in Manipur. As for the state of Manipur there is adequate rainfall every year but faced acute shortage of water almost every year in the last couple of decades. Interestingly, during rainy season the state also witnessed flood almost every time. In short the state suffers the ugly face of flood during rainy season while they had to bear drought in the remaining days. In view of the arising situation that we are facing right now, there is an urgent matter that needs to be pondered on what went wrong?
Is it the people or is it the government who is responsible for the present crisis?
Deforestation that has been taking place illegally at different parts of the state has been often blamed – both by government and the many social activists which is universally accepted by all. One thing we at Imphal Times suggest is that we cannot completely blame the people who are responsible for cutting the trees for their livelihood. It is the government which is responsible and why shouldn’t it be? It was all about their survival and mind it some people do not have any alternative for survival. On paper government had passed many schemes to substitute the livelihood but it is an open secret that none of this schemes meant for the poor people had never been benefitted by the targeted beneficiaries as the money meant for them had been pocketed by government authorities who were assigned for implementation of the projects.
Another matter, which we at IMPHAL TIMES is concerned is the poor understanding of the government department about the need for storage of natural water underneath the earth. There seems to be complete lack of knowledge by the government authority about the need to let the earth absorb any source of water. Clear example is the drain constructed under huge funding from the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM). The cubicle shaped drainage construction has no mechanism to let the drain water absorb underneath the earth. This is not only the case with any government infrastructural development work there is no sign of the government authority showing concern about the importance of harvesting the rain water. Harvesting rain water does not mean that it should be stored in a tank or some man-made water storage tank. It is about harvesting inside the earth core which can be reused using other means.
For a state endowed with resources, such abject failure to utilize and benefit from the gifts of nature only undermines the apathy and complacency of the state government.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:55

Smoking a silent killer for your backbone

By - Dr. Amitabh Gupta
HOD Neurosurgery
Batra Hospital, New Delhi.

The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small discs. These discs are round and flat, with a tough, outer layer  that surrounds a jellylike material called the nucleus. Located between each of your vertebra in the spinal column, discs act as shock absorbers for the spinal bones. Thick ligaments attached to the vertebrae hold the pulpy disc material in place.
A herniated disc (also called a slipped or ruptured) disc is a fragment of the disc nucleus that is pushed out of the annulus, into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture. Discs that become herniated usually are in an early stage of degeneration. The spinal canal has limited space, which is inadequate for the spinal nerve and the displaced herniated disc fragment. Due to this displacement, the disc presses on spinal nerves, often producing pain, which may be severe.
A single excessive strain or injury may cause a herniated disc. However, disc material degenerates naturally as you age, and the ligaments that hold it in place begin to weaken. As this degeneration progresses, a relatively minor strain or twisting movement can cause a disc to rupture.
Certain individuals may be more vulnerable to disc problems and, as a result, may suffer herniated discs in several places along the spine. Research has shown that a predisposition for herniated discs may exist in families, with several members affected.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
Symptoms vary greatly depending on the position of the herniated disc and the size of the herniation. If the herniated disc is not pressing on a nerve, you may experience a low backache or no pain at all. If it is pressing on a nerve, there may be pain, numbness or weakness in the area of the body to which the nerve travels. Typically, a herniated disc is preceded by an episode of low back pain or a long history of intermittent episodes of low back pain.
Lumbar spine (lower back): Sciatica frequently results from a herniated disc in the lower back. Pressure on one or several nerves that contribute to the sciatic nerve can cause pain, burning, tingling, and numbness that radiates from the buttock into the leg and sometimes into the foot. Usually one side (left or right) is affected. This pain often is described as sharp and electric shock-like. It may be more severe with standing, walking or sitting. Along with leg pain, you may experience low back pain.
Cervical spine (neck): Symptoms may include dull or sharp pain in the neck or between the shoulder blades, pain that radiates down the arm to the hand or fingers, or numbness or tingling in the shoulder or arm. The pain may increase with certain positions or movements of the neck.
 The majority of herniated discs do not require surgery. However, a very small percentage of people with herniated, degenerated discs may experience symptomatic or severe and incapacitating low back pain, which significantly affects their daily life.
The initial treatment for a herniated disc usually is conservative and nonsurgical.
A herniated disc frequently is treated with non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication if the pain is only mild to moderate. An epidural steroid injection may be performed utilizing a spinal needle under X-ray guidance to direct the medication to the exact level of the disc herniation.
Prevention Tips
The following tips may be helpful in preventing low back pain and herniated discs.
· Do crunches and other abdominal-muscle strengthening exercises to provide more spine stability. Swimming, stationary bicycling and brisk walking are good aerobic exercises that generally do not put extra stress on your back
· Maintain correct posture when you’re sitting and standing.
· If you smoke, quit. Smoking is a risk factor for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can cause lower back pain and degenerative disc disorders.
· Avoid stressful situations if possible, as this can cause muscle tension.
· Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight, especially around the midsection, can put strain on your lower back.

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