SHILLONG | October 14, 2019:
Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek confirmed that the Governing Council of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) has decided to remove the present director of the institute, Dr D.M. Thappa.
“The Governing Council took the decision in its meeting which was held in Delhi today,” Hek informed over telephone from Delhi.
He said that the minutes of the meeting of the Governing Council will be forwarded to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
“It is only then that an official order to remove the present director will be issued by the ministry,” Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister said.
Earlier, the Meghalaya Government had decided to intervene to resolve the present crisis in NEIGRIHMS due to stand-off between the faculty of Cardiology department and the administration. Hek had earlier stated that the Government would not want to see that the patients suffer in view of this stand-off.
It may be also recalled that Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister had also told the Assembly during the Autumn Session held in September last that they would propose to the Union government to constitute a high level committee to inquire into the style of functioning of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).
He further informed that he along with the Chief Minister had personally met former Union Health Minister, J.P. Nadda in New Delhi and apprised him of the affairs in NEIGRIHMS.
It may be mentioned that Dr Thappa had assumed charge as the Director of NEIGRHIMS in 2017.