NEIGHRIMS prepared to adopt community health centres

 Staff Correspondent

Shillong, April 7: The North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regiol Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGHRIMS), Shillong is looking possibilities of adopting  Community Health Centres (CHC) in the state to enhance its health services to the people at the community level.
“We are looking forward to setting up rural health centres and even in urban areas. We are keen at adopting community health centres and provide health services to the people at the community level,” NEIGRIHMS director DM Thapa said while addressing at a regiol consultation programme to mark the World Health Day 2018 organised jointly  by the institute and the World Health Organization Country Office. He said the government can identify such centres and the institute is ready to venture further and provide community services in the state.
Stating that NEIGRIHMS is giving man power to Meghalaya and all other North Eastern states, Thapa said the institute has been the preferential choice for MBBS courses by the students of these states and called on his team members to set higher standards in health care.
The director was all praise for Meghalaya Government for introducing the first government-aided health insurance for all citizens.
In his short speech, the State Minister of Health and Family welfare AL  Hek urged NEIGRIHMS to start post graduate programmes for doctors as he said this could solve the problem of lack of specialists in the state and in the region as a whole.
World Health Organisation South-East Asia Region’s Regiol Director Dr Poom Khetrapal Singh said that the promise of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a bold decision that ensures people get access to quality health services without suffering fincial hardship.