IMPHAL, 1st DECEMBER, 2017 (DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh said, State Government is planning to open up frontiers in healthcare sector to attract people from beyond the borders. He was speaking at the Lamp Lighting and Oath Taking Ceremony, 2017 of College of Nursing (B.Sc. Nursing 1st Year Batch), held at Jubilee Hall of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal today.

Deputy Chief Minister said, all out efforts will be made to develop healthcare tourism in the State to attract people from South East (SE) and East Asian countries. He said, healthcare expenses in Manipur are much lower than the expenses in the SE & East Asian countries and therefore, large number of people can be made possible to come to Manipur for treatment. It will boost resources thereby enhancing economic growth in the State.

Stating that profession of nursing is a noble and helping gesture, Shri Joykumar Singh said, people in the profession should understand that they are the first line of help to the needy people. Doctors alone cannot extend help to patients but the dedication, support and love of the nursing community are tremendously required. He further said, lighting of lamp symbolises the hope to the people who are suffering. He appealed to the nursing community to maintain ethics while discharging duties and co-operate with the people in all the time. Deputy Chief Minister distributed awards to the outstanding nursing students in the function.

Director (RIMS) Prof. A. Santa Singh said, RIMS has been a centre of excellence in the healthcare sector. He said, the institute is planning to start PG Course in Nursing from the next academic session.

Controller of Examinations (MU) Prof. N. Ibotombi Singh, Dr. Manju Vasta, Principal, College of Nursing, AIIMS, New Delhi, Prof. H. Jamuna Devi, Principal, College of Nursing, RIMS also spoke on the importance of maintaining ethics and the role to be played by the nursing community.

Earlier, Continuing Nursing Education, 2017 on the topic “Nursing as a career” was also held where experts from AIIMS deliberated on various issues relating to nursing.

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