Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jorhat Medical College welcomes first batch

JORHAT, Aug 10 – “Establishment of an educational institute has always been an event of national importance. And the functioning of the Jorhat Medical College is one of the remarkable occasions that took place in the national scenario of Assam,” said Himanta Bishwa Sarma, State Minister of Health and Family Welfare, at a function organised to welcome the first batch of students of Jorhat Medical College at Shri Shri Pitambar Deva Goswami auditoriam, Jorhat District Library here today.“We are aiming at producing about 1000 MBBS degree holders in Assam every year in forthcoming years”, he said, adding, “It will reverse the present equation of demand and supply of doctors in Assam”. He further said that if the number of doctors multiplied on a large scale within a short span of time, the doctors would have no option but to go to the rural areas to serve.Sarma also revealed that the students passing out of the Jorhat Medical Institute after completing their three-years course had been offering tremendous service in the rural areas of Assam. The popularity of those former students in those areas is quite enviable, he said. Discussing their achievements he said that earlier the death rate of people due to malaria in the State was about 1000 per year. But after these physicians went to the rural areas, hardly 50 persons died of malaria this year. He also declared that the students of the second batch of the Jorhat Medical Institute will receive appointment on August 18 this year.Talking about the upgradation of the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital, the Health Minister said that the process of transplantation of pacemaker would be introduced before December 31, 2010. An MRI machine would be installed in JMC within October 2. A new CT-scan machine would be brought to the institute as soon as possible.“A 100-bed hospital will be established in the biggest river island shortly”, he said. “This is going to be a joint venture of NRHM and Vivekananda Kendra”.The students of the JMC took oath from Dr Umesh Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of Shrimanta Shankardev University of Health Sciences.Sarma said in his speech that from now onwards the four medical colleges in the State would come under the fold of this university. Significantly, this was also the first batch to enrol under Shrimanta Shankardev University of Health Sciences.Earlier, the welcome speech was delivered by Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora, Principal, JMC. Jorhat Deputy Commissioner RC Jain and Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami also spoke at the function. Dyushanta Madhab Sharma, District Information and Public Relations Officer moderated the programme.Jaychandra Goswami, Commissioner of Health, Devajit Hazarika, Director of Medical Education, Rupjyoti Kurmi, MLA, Mariani LAC, Nabin Chandra Burhagohain, former MP and many other dignitaries were present at the function.


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