Diphu Medical College to start functioning from Nov 25

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DIPHU, Nov 21: Diphu Medical College (DMC) will start functioning from November 25 with the outdoor patient department (OPD) from 8am to 2pm.

This was informed by DMCH principal and chief superintendent Dr Sumitra Hagjer here Thursday.

Dr Hagjer also informed that the emergency and casualty service of the hospital will be available at the DCH till the medical college becoming fully functional.

“As we are going for a new medical college, we are in a transition period towards a full-fledged Diphu Medical College. We are going in a phased manner. First we are introducing OPD services. We are going to deal with patients coming for check-up, examination and test,” Dr Hagjer said in a press conference here.

“As our minister has directed us to start the OPD services at the first phase from November 25, I appeal through the media that this important information is spread even in remote areas of the district. This is to clear doubt among the common people about where OPD services are, whether at the DCH or DMC,” Dr Hagjer said.

“In the second phase the indoor patients will be shifted to DMC from DCH and ultimately in the final phase all the operation theatres, laboratories and all the equipment and machineries will be shifted to DMC and function as a college and hospital,” she said.

To take OPD patients for check-up and examination to DMC there will be free ambulance service from DCH. DCH doctors will be professors and assistant professors in DMC, she said.

About medicine availability Dr Hagjer said the hospital pharmacy has already been shifted to DMC and medicine will be available there.

Assam government on Wednesday announced that faculty members of the newly set-up Diphu Medical College and Hospital will get an additional 25 percent of basic salary as an incentive.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday announced that the incentive of 25 per cent of additional basic salary is being given to retain the faculty members in a “tough terrain” like Diphu.

“All the faculty of the Diphu Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will get an additional 25 per cent of their basic salary as an incentive,” he added. If any retired professor wants to join the institute, then he will be able to serve till 70-years of age, Sarma said.

“Besides, if a faculty member works in DMCH for three years during any period of his entire career, his retirement age will be 67-years instead of the existing age-limit of 65 years,” he added. These benefits will be applicable only to the faculty members, who will mostly be from outside Karbi Anglong.

“The other non-teaching posts will be filled up mostly from the local youth of the district,” Sarma said. When asked about the reasons behind this special treatment only for the DMCH, Sarma said Diphu is a “tough terrain” and establishing the medical college in the district was the “toughest job” for him as the Health minister of the state.

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