SHILLONG | May 07, 2019:

Taking cognizance of the ongoing crisis in the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), the Meghalaya High Court has asked the Director and HoD of Cardiology Department of the institute to be “personally” present in the Court on May 8.

This order was passed by the Court on Tuesday after hearing a miscellaneous application filed by advocate SP Mahanta.

In this application, a matter of public concern has been highlighted that 34 operations as were scheduled from May 5 in Cardiology department are stated to have been cancelled in view of the internal differences between the Cardiology department and the authority of NEIGRIHMS.

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During the hearing, K Paul, an advocate for NEIGRIHMS submitted that there is some non-cooperation on the part of the Cardiology department which has given rise to the filing of this application.

According to him, the Head of the department, Dr Animesh Mishra, without any justifiable cause, to his information, is refusing to utilize surgical material made available to him under the Amrit Scheme when same material in terms of the same scheme is being used by the Cardiology department of Guwahati Medical College and other college (s) of Northeast.

In view of this, a bench of Chief Justice Md Yaqoob Mir and Justice HS Thangkhiew has asked the Director of NEIGRIHMS, Dr DM Thappa and HoD of Cardiology Department, Dr Animesh Mishra to be “personally” present in the COurt so as to render assistance in resolving the case.

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“They shall also come up with their respective responses and submit the same,” read the order.

It may be mentioned that the State government has sought the intervention of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare into the current imbroglio at the NEIGRIHMS.

The stand-off in NEIGRIHMS between the Director, Dr DM Thappa and the HoD of the Cardiology department, Dr Animesh Mishra started on April 30 when medical items meant for the Cath Lab were seized by the Director as the same were purchased from a private vendor instead of Amrit Pharmacy as directed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Since then, the health care services in the Cardio department has been affected causing much inconvenience to the patients. It was informed that while the Cardio OPD is functioning unhindered, the Cath Lab is, however, functioning sans the required medical equipments.



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