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Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati, Assam
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PO Indrapur
Guwahati (District Guwahati)
Assam, India
Pin Code : 781032

Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government. Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam is also known as Institute of Pharmacy Guwahati Medical College.
Principal of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam is Dr. A. K. Adhikari (Mobile 8811088559).

Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is situated in Guwahati of Assam state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Guwahati comes under Guwahati (Gauhati) Tehsil, Guwahati District.

Fax # of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam is +91-373-2300080, 2529457.

Contact Person(s) of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam is (are): Mr J C Goswami, Dr. M.M. Deka.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam are +91-98640-66062, 9435078936.

email ID(s) is Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Guwahati Assam

Website of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam is http://www.gmchassam.nic.in/.

Contact Details of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam are : Telephone: +91-361-2460014, 2130236, 2529457, 2469169, 2341323, 2546129, 2132751, 2134538, 2237262, 2261605
Dr. Joydev Sarma, Nodal Officer (Mobile : 8133955646)

Staff Members:
Mr. J C Goswami, Health Secretary
Dr. Bonti Bora, Professor& Head Department of Physiology, Mobile 9435046812, Email Id: borabonti.1@gmail.com
Dr. Niru Prabha Saharia, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Mobile 9435144527, Email Id: niruprabhasaharia18@gmail.com
Dr. Sarmistha Dutta, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Mobile 9435702935, Email Id: mistha007@yahoo.co.in
Dr. Bijit Kumar Duara, Professor & Head, Department of Radiology, Mobile 9435032895, Email Id: duarabk@yahoo.com
Dr. Dipak Kumar Das, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Mobile 9435474891, Email Id: dpks2007mailbox@rediffmail.com


Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam runs course(s) in Medical, Pharmacy stream(s).
Under Graduate Programme :
Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery(M.B.B.S)

Diploma in Anesthesia
Diploma in Child Health
Diploma in Clinical Pathology
Diploma in Forensic Medicine
Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Diploma in Ophthalmology
Diploma in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
DM - Cardiology
DM - Neurology
M.Ch - Cardio Thoracic Surgery
M.Ch - Paediatric Surgery
M.Ch - Plastic Surgery
MD - Anaesthesiology
MD - Bio-Chemistry
MD - Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy
MD - Forensic Medicine
MD - General Medicine
MD - Microbiology
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
MD - Paediatrics
MD - Pathology
MD - Pharmacology
MD - Physiology
MD - Psychiatry
MD - Radio Diagnosis
MD - Social & Preventive Medicine / Community Medicine
MS - Anatomy
MS - General Surgery
MS - Ophthalmology
MS - Orthopaedics

Approval details: Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is affiliated with Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences, Guwahati (Gauhati)

Profile of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)

The Gauhati Medical College is affiliated to Gauhati University and approved by Medical Council of India. In February, 1969 Post Graduate started in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Community Medicine, Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. General Medical Council of U.K. recognized the bachelors degree of this college in 1969, thereby enabling the graduates to pursue higher studies in that country. The Gauhati Medical College has enjoyed a prestigious status in the country for its academic pursuites and patients care, and as a referral centre for speciality and superspeciality treatment.

Media coverage of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Guwahati Assam, Assam

Dr PM Deka new president of Urological Society

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 – Dr PM Deka has been elected and taken charge as president, Urological Society of India, East Zone at the recently held annual conference of the Urological Society India, East Zone in Kolkata recently.

He is the first urologist from the North East to have this honour bestowed upon him.

Dr Deka is the Professor and HoD, Urology, Gauhati Medical College and Visiting Professor of Urologic Surgery, University of Minnesota, USA. He is a kidney transplant surgeon and is credited with starting kidney transplant program in the GMC.

State scientists gets worldwide recognition

GUWAHATI, May 5 – The mechanism of cataract formation discovered by three scientists of Assam has been recognised by London-based Royal College of Ophthalmologists in their prestigious research journal Eye.
The research was conducted by a group comprising eye specialist Mir Alam Siddique of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Basant Kumar Tiwary, scientist of the life science department of Assam University, Silchar, and Satya Bhusan Paul, a biochemist of Assam University, Silchar, a press release stated.
It must be mentioned here that the journal Eye is published by the Nature Publishing Group which is the 1st ranking publishing group for scientific journals in the world.
The press release stated that the findings were the outcome of the dedicated research carried out since 2005. The term cataract is used to describe the clouding of the natural lens of the eye. The vision dims because the cataract prevents light from passing beyond the lens and focusing on the retina. Surgery is the only way to treat a cataract till now.
According to Dr Mir this is a giant step in cataract research which will give opportunity to further research works that may lead to the invention of safe medicines to stabilise phospholipids and proteins of crystalline lenses.
It may then be possible to prevent or reverse the progression of cataract at its early stage. Medical treatment will then replace the surgical management of cataract.
The research outcomes and the publication are great achievements and assets of Dr Mir Alam Siddique and co-scientists. In fact, it is a matter of pride to theophthalmologists and scientists of India that an Indian ophthalmologist and scientists have given such a contribution to the world. It will inspire new generationophthalmologists, physicians, surgeons and scientists of India to conduct research work and contribute new knowledge to the medical world, the release stated. Cataracts are a major problem globally; 17 million people around the world are blind because of cataracts and 28,000 new cases are reported every day. Approximately 25 per cent of the population over 65 (and about 50 per cent over 80) have a serious loss of vision due to cataracts.

Doctors exodus in Kokrajhar hits patients hard

GUWAHATI, Dec 12 – Scores of patients as well as their guardians in Kokrajhar are facing hardships due to the exodus of doctors who were serving in the district. In spite of efforts made by the administration, doctors have refused to return to their posts after NDFB militants asked them to pay hefty sums as protection money.

Today several citizens who spoke to revealed the difficulty faced by residents of Kokrajhar, who have experienced an acute shortage of doctors, including specialists. Manu Brahma of Kokrajhar town (name changed), said, Its a difficult time for all of us. With doctors absent, patients are facing a tough time. Emergency patients are the worst sufferers, and those without money to travel to Bongaigaon or Guwahati are the hardest hit.

Others in Kokrajhar agreed that it was a wrong decision on the part of the NDFB anti talk group, and emphasised that the group is likely to lose out on public sympathy in the days ahead.

The Kokrajhar Civil Hospital will be run by a skeletal presence, and doctors sent from Guwahati cannot compensate the number of doctorswho have left. Not less than two dozen doctors and nurses have left the premises after they were served with extortion notes by the anti-talk NDFB.

Director of Health Services, Dhruba Hojai, told this newspaper that doctors from several disciplines, including medicine, gynaecology, and anaesthesiology have been deputed from Gauhati Medical College to serve in the Kokrajhar Civil Hospital under armed protection, and the next step will be determined after consultation with the State Health Minister very soon.

Residents of Kokrajhar town also informed that the situation is likely to worsen with the gradual shortage of private practitioners. A large number of them have been served with extortion notes, and some have already disappeared from their clinics.

Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: BPPF president Rabiram Narzary, today condemned extortion threats to doctors in Kokrajhar in a press meet held at BPPF office. He demanded a high-level inquiry into the recent extortion demands made to doctors that led to a deadlock in medical services in Kokrajhar.

On one hand, the BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary has made the Ranjan Daimary faction of NDFB responsible for the extortion threats to doctors, while on the other both the NDFB factions have denied their involvement. A proper inquiry can only reveal the truth for necessary action, he said. He also appealed to the doctors to join duties and urged the administration to provide adequate security to them.

Narzary also pointed out that the incidents like extortion, kidnapping, killing are going on in the entire BTC area unabated, which can only be possible due to nexus of political leaders with the help of administration as a conspiracy for wrongful gain. At the same time, he cautioned that the time is ripe enough for the Bodo society to take a decisive role, otherwise becoming tolerant to such practices shall be fatal for this area.

Meanwhile, condemning the extortion threats Dr. K. Brahma, president BSS in a press meet at Kokrajhar today stated that the police and intelligence have totally failed to maintain adequate security in the area.He pointed out that some selfish sections are trying to estabilize the progress of talks between the Govt and the NDFB. He also appealed to the extremists to abstain from repeating such illegal acts that have been seriously tarnishing the image of the Bodo society.

Citizens to defy R-Day boycott call

GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Even though several extremist groups have urged the public to boycott the Republic Day, more people than ever are expected to hoist the Tricolour in and around the city.

Sushmita, a young professional, said that she would not only raise the national flag but urge her friends to do the same. Although I am a late riser, on the 26th I will wake up early and hoist the Tricolour at my place, she said.

It would be a rare day for noted conservationist and bureaucrat Dr Anwaruddin Choudhury, who would witness two flags being hoisted in separate venues. Grandson of freedom fighter Abdul Matlib Mazumdar, who was also a Minister in the Gopinath Bardoloi cabinet, Dr Choudhury says that at home the Tricolor would be unfurled in the morning with his entire family in attendance.

It has been a long tradition in our family, and it creates a nostalgic feeling in all of us, he said. Later he would attend the official celebrations at Latasil.

One of the oldest continuing ceremonies would be witnessed in the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust premises at Sarania Ashram. Republic Day would be observed with due solemnity by senior Gandhians, including Shakuntala Choudhary, Hema Kakoti, and Preetikana Das, among others.

We would have a thin attendance as many of our members are away at home, but as on previous occasions, local children and their guardians will be taking part in the flag hoisting, said Hema Kakoti.

Senior doctor and Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Dr Dhiman Choudhury is keen to show his respect for the national flag. It is something that we had learnt in our childhood, and it is an opportunity to express our patriotism, he said, adding that his entire family will be together when the Tricolour is raised.

As usual, defying the diktat of militants, members of the journalist fraternity will observe Republic Day and hoist the national flag at 11 am on the premises of Guwahati Press Club.

The journalists and other like-minded people are taking the lead in organising celebrations during both the Independence and Republic Day in the city. They reason that every patriotic Indian should celebrate both the occasions to pay tribute to all martyrs of the freedom struggle.

Ceremonious hoisting of the national flag would take place in many institutions and schools, as well as clubs and other social gatherings.

Kerosene sale banned in Dhubri after blasts

GOLAKGANJ, July 28 – The repeated explosions in Dhubri district of stoves, hurricane lamps using kerosene oil have in the last one week claimed five lives and caused injuries to 59 persons, 13 of them seriously. Sale of kerosene has been banned in the district following the blasts.

The areas where such

explosions took place are Dhubri, Golokganj, Gauripur, Fakirganj, Tumarhat, Agomoni, Alamganj, South Geramari – all within Dhubridistrict.

It may be mentioned here that 13 persons injured in these blasts were shifted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. The persons who died in such explosions are Aparna Ghosh (10), Mangali Baidya Kar (28), Rina Saha (40), Sina Dey (26) and Asraful Islam (7).

The explosions usually took place when match sticks were let to ignite stoves, hurricane lamps and kerosene oil lamps. According to unofficial estimate, around 80 persons were injured in such explosions.

Meanwhile, Dhubri DC, Sunil Dutta has said that the district administration has already taken prompt action to prevent further explosions by asking public in affected areas through public address system to avoid using kerosene oil.

The district administration, which collected samples to test the degree of inflammability, also banned the use and sale of kerosene in the district.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Director of Dhubri Foods and Civil Supplies Phuleswar Rabha said efforts are being made to collect all old stock of kerosene. After the July 20 explosion, thedistrict administration has launched a massive drive to collect and seize oil stocks of kerosene from hawkers, fair price shops, residents and co-operatives.

Rabha added that consumers of the district will receive the quota of kerosene after two or three days.

Enamul Hoque, a noted social worker and local AGP leader, said all the victims were of poorer section of the society and they should get compensation as otherwise they would not be able to bear the cost of their treatment.

District secretary of All Assam Minority Students Union Monour Hussain said people died and others affected due to the negligence of the Indian Oil Corporation and so they should be compensated soon.

Meanwhile, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) of Bilasipara has directed all the secretaries of Gaon Panchayat Samabay Samities (GPSS), fair price shops, agents, SK oil hawkers and SK oil retailers under Bilasipara subdivision to immediately stop distribution of blue dyed subsidised kerosene oil due to the reported existence of highly inflammable substance in it, a press release issued by Janasanyog stated.

According to another release, the Government of Assam has directed the Deputy Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Officers (Civil) to collect blue dyed PDS subsidised kerosene oil samples from sensitive areas and depots and send the same independently to the Forensic Laboratory at Guwahati for investigation.

The district and subdivisional authorities have also been directed to take preventive and precautionary steps to ensure safety of consumers and FIC card holders and to ensure that there is no panic amongst the public, following the explosions of hurricane lamps, stoves, etc., in Dhubridistrict.

CM participates in plantation drive

GUWAHATI, June 6 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday took part in a plantation drive and distributed saplings in an official programme to mark the World Environment Day. In the event held at the Gauhati Medical College Auditorium, he and other senior officials pledged support to the campaign for environmental awareness.

Present in the function was State Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain, Principal Secretary, Forests, Saraswati Prasad and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, VK Vishnoi, according to official sources.

Prizes were also distributed among young children who won a painting competition held on the occasion.

The global theme of the year 2011 for the World Environment Day Celebration is Forests: Nature at Your Service.

In another programme, the Institution of Engineers (India) Assam State Centre, and Aaranyak, a society for biodiversity conservation in North-East India, jointly celebrated the World Environment Day 2011. As part of theprogramme , a training workshop on Reporting and campaigning on environment was organised at the Panbazar premises of the Institution of Engineers (India).

A Green Oath was read out by all the participants which was conducted by noted science communicator Prof Arup Kumar Misra, who also delivered the welcome speech.

In the technical session, resource person PK Das focused on how to prepare environment reports for the print media, Nayan Prasad,programme executive, All India Radio, Guwahati, discussed techniques of preparing environment report for radio, and Mubina Akhtar, green reporter, Asomiya Pratidin, gave the basic ideas for preparing environment reports for TV.

The practice session was conducted by Purnina Devi Barman, environment educator and Dr Pranjit Sarma, coordinator, GIS Lab, Aaranyak.

A total of 32 school students from 16 schools of greater Guwahati participated in the event.

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, Arpita Social Welfare Society initiated by IIT Guwahati students organised a plantation drive at its campus.

Students, staff and a few members of the faculty took part in the drive. The participants planted 40 saplings inside the campus, covering them with shelters to protect them from scavenging animals. There was also an interactive session among all participating members on environmental hazards.

Indian Oils Guwahati Refinery also celebrated the day in a befitting manner, with its employees and their family members, schoolchildren, members of the media and others at the Sector II township.

The proceedings began with tree plantation in the Refinery township area followed by the official function where Dr Chandan Mahanta, Head, Department of Environment, IIT, Guwahati, was the chief guest.

BP Das, General Manager, Guwahati Refinery, in his welcome address, dwelt on the theme of this years World Environment Day.

A special brochure published on the occasion was released by Dr Mahanta.

Dr Mahanta, spoke about mans strong dependence on forests and nature and said that in spite of this, environment management had not been given enough importance by man in the course of development. He lauded the efforts of the Guwahati Refinery in environment management and mentioned that the refinery was doing beyond mere compliance of statutory obligations in the area of environment, and that the involvement of youngchildren and the community was a good direction in which the refinery was focusing its activities.

He also urged the Guwahati Refinery authorities to become a more environment-consciousness organisation by spreading awareness in its vicinity on the need to conserve the environment.

A rally was taken out from the venue of the inaugural function to Noonmati area by the students and employees present. Street plays were also organised in the area for mass awareness on environment protection issues like stopping wood cutting, conservation of water, preserving forests, tree plantation, stopping earth-cutting on hills, etc.

The refinery authorities undertook another plantation drive of bamboo saplings in Sector I area with the twin objective of increasing the green cover and preventing soil erosion. Another innovative project related to increasing awareness on water conservation.

Mamoni Raisom shifted to GMCH

GUWAHATI, July 7 – Jnanpith Award winner Mamoni Raisom Goswami has been shifted from Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon to Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) today. She was flown in to Guwahati accompanied by a doctor from Medanta Medicity and GMCH.

She was admitted in the morning at GMCH and principal Dr MM Deka informed that she is in coma though not on ventilator.

GMC golden jubilee closing function from Feb 3

GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – The golden jubilee celebrations of Gauhati Medical College will culminate with the final event to be held on February 3, 4 and 5 with a gamut of colorful programmes.Before that grand finale, another golden jubilee oration will be held on January 22, on Health Care in Assam in my Dream to be delivered by Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The oration will be held in the new auditorium of Gauhati Medical College to be inaugurated on January 15. Dr Sarbeswar Saharia, renowned kidney transplant surgeon, who is also an alumnus of GMC, will deliver a talk on Organ Transplant in Indian Scenario in that oration programme.

The various programmes and activities planned for the three-day celebration include an all Assam Inter Medical College debating and quiz competition, symposia on medical and social issues with special emphasis on doctor-patient relationship, community participation on patient care, reunion of present and past students, felicitation of ex-staff and individuals contributing to the growth of this college and cultural programme in the evening. An added attraction of the cultural programme will be a showcase of Assamese culture where diversities of the regions ethnic culture will be presented. These include Sattriya dance from Majuli, Thiya Nam from Barpeta, Dhuliya from Koihati, and leading Bihu troops of Assam, among others.

According to a press release, efforts are being made to invite the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to the golden jubilee celebration.It may be mentioned that Gauhati Medical College started on October 10 1960, at the Government Ayurvedic College campus at Jalukbari. The permanent college building at Narakasur hill top was inaugurated on September 20, 1968 by the then Governor of Assam B K Nehru and the foundation stone of the hospital building was laid by the then Chief Minister of Assam B P Chaliha near the college building on the same day, an official release stated.

Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami passes away

GUWAHATI, Nov 29 – Eminent author and former Professor of Delhi University Dr Mamoni (Indira) Raisom Goswami passed away at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) at 7-45 am today.

Dr Goswami was 69 and had been ailing for some time. She was admitted to the hospital on February 12 last. Initially, she was diagnosed with pneumonia with several complications including acute respiratory problems and septicemia. But her death came due to a massive cardiac arrest, said the doctors attending on her.

Born in Guwahati on November 14, 1942 to Umakanta Goswami and Ambika Devi, Dr Goswami had her early schooling in Shillong before matriculating from the TC Girls High School of Guwahati in 1954. She obtained her post-graduation degree from GauhatiUniversity in 1963.

Dr Goswami was married to Madhaven Raisom in 1963 who met with a premature death in 1967.

Dr Goswami started her career as a teacher at the Goalpara Sainik School in 1968. After a while she joined the Department of Modern Indian Language (MIL) in DelhiUniversity and served there till retirement.

A prolific author, Goswamis acclaimed novels include Chenabor Shrot (1972), Nilakanthi Braja (1973), Ahiran (1980), Mamore Dhara Tarowal (1980), Datal Hatir Uye Khowa Haoda (1988), Sanskar, Udaybhanur Charitra Adi (1989), Adhalekha Dastabej, Jakhami Jatri (1990), and Tej Aru Dhulire Dhusarita Pristha.

Goswamis short story collections are Chinaki Morom (1962), Koina (1966), Hriday Ek Nadir Nam, and Mamoni Raisam Goswamir Priya Galpa (1998).Mahiyashi Kamala (1955) is a biography written by her on Dr Kamala Ratnam.
Goswamis translated works include Premchandor Chuti Galpa, Adhaghanta Samay, and Jatak Katha Aru Kalam.
Regarded an authority on the Ramayana, Dr Goswami played a key role in evoking scholastic interest in the great epic across the world.She was also instrumental in establishing a common platform for international Ramayani scholars. Her volume Ramayana: From Ganga to Brahmaputra is acknowledged as an authoritative work on the subject.

Winner of Indias highest literary honour, Jnanpith, in 2000, Goswami was a recipient of a number of awards and accolades including Sahitya Akademi (1982), Katha Rashtriya Puraskar (1993 and 2000), Kamal Kumari National Award.
Goswami was conferred D Lit from Ravindra Bharati of Kolkata.

Goswami was involved with various literary, educational and cultural organizations in various capacities. A member of Sahitya Akademi,she was also a member of the governing body of Delhi University.

Adajya, a film based on her well-known novel Datal Hatir Uye Khowa Haoda, won the national award.
A peace activist, Goswami was also a mediator for some time for the ULFA peace talks.

Goswami visited Europe, USA, Japan, South Korea, different South East Asian countries, Mauritius, etc.

GMCH gets advanced virology study lab

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 - State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today inaugurated an advanced facility to carry out studies on virology, fulfilling a much needed demand of the region. The Biosafety Level III Lab at Gauhati Medical College Hospital would cater to the needs of patients apart from helping medical students and researchers.

According to an official statement, a biosafety level is the grade of the biocontainment precautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in a secure facility. The new lab is designed as per specification of Biosafety Level III. This level is applicable to clinical, diagnostic, teaching or research facilities in which work is done with indigenous or exotic agents which may cause serious or potentially lethal disease after inhalation. Viruses of swine flu or bird flu are included in this category.

This Biosafety Level III lab at GMCH contains sophisticated equipment like Real Time PCR, Nucleic Acid Purification and Extraction Equipment, Bio-safety cabinet, Electrophoresis, Gel Doc for advance molecular virology testing and research. Significantly, this is the first BSL III laboratory in a government hospital in the entire North East and second one after ICMR Dibrugrah. This lab will facilitate prompt diagnosis of swine flu or similar contagious diseases during an outbreak.

Moreover, the laboratory is equipped with a special Real Time PCR for identification and estimation of virus like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, among others. Medical students will get a chance to get acquainted with modern molecular testing facilities of the lab, which is designed to provide a broad spectrum of activities in virology not only for the post graduates in microbiology but also for those willing to pursue PhD courses in allied disciplines.

Whenever the occasion arises, samples from Assam are sent to NIV, Pune or NICD, Delhi. These centres at times become over-burdened with samples sent from all over the country in case of such outbreak. The necessity to establish a full-fledged Virology laboratory at GauhatiMedical College was felt in such circumstances.

It may be mentioned that emerging infectious diseases caused by viruses have emerged as threats to health in the recent past. During the last three decades, nearly two dozen viral pathogens have been detected and they have already caused substantial mortality, morbidity and economic loss across the world. Establishment of an advanced viral laboratory is a prerequisite for a strong public health response to emerging viral diseases. With the emergence of infectious diseases like avian influenza, H1N1 influenza and other viral diseases, the need for a modern virology laboratory in Gauhati Medical College that caters to the whole of North Eastern region has been described as a positive development by the medical fraternity.

The minister also inaugurated the new faculty quarters, quarter for the superintendent of GMCH, building for the Institute of Paramedical Sciences, an OT complex and a mechanised laundry.

Doctors-pharma companies harming patients

GUWAHATI, Oct 21 – A recent independent report has revealed how patients in select cities in Assam have suffered due to the State Health Departments failure to curb collusive behaviour among some doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and other stakeholders. The findings highlight serious hurdles in the health sector that has attracted attention for wrong reasons in recent times. Assams Infant mortality rate is higher than the national average, while the Maternal Mortality Rate (per 100,000 live births) hovers at 480, the highest in the country.

The report – Unholly Alliances in Healthcare Services - by Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International, and supported by Oxfam India, focuses on Collusive Behaviour in Healthcare and Impact on Consumers with evidence from Assam and Chattisgarh. A serious finding of the study was that households belonging to the low income class spent a larger share of their monthly income on healthcare. In Assam, the amount spent by this group on healthcare was 20.56 per cent, against 14.14 per cent in the case of Chattisgarh. An analysis of information gathered from 210 respondents in Assam portrayed a disturbing scenario. The respondents from Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Civil Hospital Nagaon, Urban Health Centre, Nagaon, and Civil Hospital and Primary Health Centre, Bongaigaon revealed that on an average the cost of drugs prescribed per prescription in public hospitals were high, where a major part of medicines were brought from private sources.

The report, which involved Assam based NGO the Action North East Trust (The Ant), mentions that although a high proportion of rational drugs were prescribed in some hospitals, there were also a significant percentage of irrational drug prescription, which added to the financial burden of patients. This hints at collusive behaviour involving doctors and pharmacists. Among the matters of concern was the fact that medicines were mostly obtained from private-outside sources in three of the four public health institutions surveyed.

When asked, the respondents mentioned non-availability of medicines in public healthcare institutions as the main reason for buying medicines from private sources. The exception was the Urban Health Centre, Nagaon in which only a few respondents indicated that they had to buy medicines from outside sources. Another worrying trend was incompleteness of diagnosis, a frequent experience across the health institutions. The study favoured greater supervision to ensure that comprehensive diagnosis is carried out and also recorded in the prescriptions for future reference.

In the case of Gauhati Medical College Hospital and Civil Hospital Nagaon, the survey exposed an alarming trend of incomplete diagnosis. In GMCH, the completeness of diagnosis was 10 per cent, while in Civil Hospital Nagaon it was just eight per cent. An analysis of the Stock Lists from the surveyed health institutions showed many of the drugs were absent, and therefore patients had to purchase those from private sources. Strangely, a number of drugs obtained by the consumers from private sources were available as recorded onthe Stock Lists.

Gauhati Medical College Hospital fared poorly in this regard, and the report describes it as alarming: Of the 196 drugs that were brought by the surveyed consumers from private sources, 49 per cent were available inthe stock register.
CUTS international has urged the Assam Government to immediately intervene and initiate investigation in the health institutions so that patients, many of the poor and underprivileged, have better access to healthcare.

Event to promote fruit-eating habit held

GUWAHATI, Aug 27 – The Monsoon Fruit Festival organised at the Holy Child School campus today under the joint aegis of Foundation x-mass india and Rotary Club of Guwahati West drew good participation of schoolchildren.The objective of the festival is to promote healthy eating habits – particularly fruit-eating – among children, which in turn can contribute significantly to their physical and mental well-being.

Dr Gayatri Bezboruah, associate professor of Gauhati Medical College, and Prof Nirmali Medhi of Handique Girls College addressed the children in the school. Dr Dibakar Kalita who has been behind the idea of promoting fruit-eating among children, said that his objective was to check the unhealthy trend of junk-food eating among children and initiate them into the deliciously wonderful world of fruits.As a pediatrician, I was shocked to see that many of my young patients had rather unhealthy eating habits, which was a major cause behind their weakness or ailments. In fact, the intake of fruits was extremely limited in their diets, Dr Kalita said.

Terming lack of awareness and parental guidance as the main reasons behind the low intake of fruits among children, Dr Kalita said that economic condition was not a major reason as was often cited. I have seen parents spending quite big amounts on junk foods such as potato chips, burgers, etc., for children but spent far less on fruits, he said.
Dr Kalita said that regular eating of different seasonal and easily available fruits which are rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, etc., could keep at bay many ailments and disorders besides contributing to overall good health of children.

Dr Kalita said that he intended to make the festival a monthly affair next month onwards to spread the message of fruit eating among children fast.Dr Kalita said that the government authorities too had a responsibility in ensuring that unscrupulous trades did not resort to the practice of getting fruits matured overnight by use of injections.

7 from State clears UPSC Main exam

NEW DELHI, May 11 – At least seven candidates from Assam have cleared the UPSC Civil Services (Main) Examination 2010.

Among the successful candidates are Himanshu Sharma who is ranked 49, Mannan Akhtar (55), Rupjyoti Brahma Karjee (559), Ankita Kar (610), Arunita Phukan (613), Shankarbrata Rai Medhi (742) and Mantu Kumar Das (845).

The results of the UPSC Civil Services (Main) examination have elated the candidates who took the tough challenge and emerged successful, and also enthused the youths of the state in general.

A student of medicine, Mannan Akhtar, who is ranked 55, said he was very happy and it was difficult to express the feeling in words.

Akhtar who had toiled for around 18 months before taking the exams said that it was hard work and focus that made him succeed. He also acknowledged the support he received from his family, friends, and seniors.

An avid badminton player, Akhtar was earlier the overall topper in the MBBS exam from Gauhati Medical College.

Asked is he had anything to say to young aspirants, he said that with dedicated work and faith in oneself great hurdles can be crossed.

Shankarbrata Rai Medhi, who spoke to The Assam Tribune over phone said that he was ecstatic to receive the news. Working as a teacher in a prominent college in New Delhi, he said that his preparations were spread over nearly three years.

He said that he attributed his success to a number of people, but his parents played a major role in keeping him inspired and motivated.

Asked if it was indeed necessary to undertake coaching in New Delhi or other metros to be emerge successful in the examination, he replied in the negative.

CM launches Education Mission

GUWAHATI, Nov 11 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today launched the Right to Education Mission in the State coinciding with the National Education Day.

Speaking on the occasion at Gauhati Medical College auditorium, Gogoi said that the Government has all along laid emphasis on education right from the primary to university level. Its through education alone that a State or a society can forge ahead on all fronts. Education dispels darkness and spreads the light of knowledge, he added.

In todays function an agreement was signed between the Government of Assam and the British Council to enhance the spelling, listening, reading and writing skills in English for primary teachers from Classes I to V.

The agreement was signed by Mission Director, Sarbha Siksha Abhijan, LS Changson and Director, British Council, Eastern India, Sujata Sen.

The training will be conducted in three phases across 26 districts of the State between January and June next year.

Gogoi said the adoption of Right to Education as one of the fundamental rights by the UPA Government has been an epoch-making event that could bring about a sea change in not only the education sector but also usher in development on all fronts.

He went on to say that Government would vigorously implement the Right to Education to bring about a total transformation in all spheres of life.

He exhorted upon the teachers to dedicate themselves in imparting proper education to the children for the benefit of the State.

The Chief Minister underscored the need for reducing the drop-out rates to increase the enrolment in schools. He also pointed out thatthe Government would go in for further expansion of the much-popular Gyanjyoti scheme in the State. He announced a scheme on the lines of Gyanjyoti for teachers to give them the much-needed educational exposure.

Like Gyanjyoti scheme for students, teachers will be taken out to good educational institutions where they will get the opportunity to see how lessons are being imparted to the students. In this way, they will be able to hone their teaching skills for the greater benefit of the students, he said.

Gogoi said his Government is contemplating awarding extra bonus and letter of commendation to teachers who have performed well. The proper evaluation of their performance will be certified by retired and experienced teachers. A committee at the district level would be formed for the purpose, he added.

Minister for Education, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the launching of Right to Education campaign was a red-letter day in the annals of education in the State. He urged upon the teachers to dedicate themselves fully towards implementing the mission in letter and spirit.

He said that a grading system will be enforced for the primary schools based on their performance from this year. In this context, Dr Sarma said that schools performing betterwould be given incentives and letter of-appreciation.

Dr Sarma said that the process is on for provincialisation of 95,000 posts in venture schools.

He said that there would be no shortage of teachers after filling up of 50,000 posts following the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).

New medical scheme for would-be mothers

GUWAHATI, Dec 13 – The State Government will very soon launch a new scheme aimed at providing the best of facilities to would-be mothers and newborns so as to bring down the maternal and infant mortality rate in the State.

Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday informed that this new scheme christened Adarani would be formally launched on January 30, 2012 by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

It will come into force from February 1 and we are sure this new initiative will go a long way in ensuring a more mother and child friendly ambience in the hospitals, said Sarma adding that the government will have to bear an expenditure of Rs 70 to 80 crore for this welfare scheme.

It needs to be mentioned here that the maternal mortality rate in the State is very high when compared with other parts of the country.

As per the provisions in this scheme, any would-be mother will be able to avail all medical facilities right from registering to giving birth free of cost at government hospitals. Among the benefits that she will gain are free ultrasound, free blood test, free kit for caesarean and even drop-back facility on discharge.

What is more, the new mother would be provided with nutritious food after being dropped at her home.

We want to ensure that institutional delivery in the State is increased which we are doing through various welfare schemes, said Sarma mentioning that in the coming days more facilitieswould be installed in the hospitals to improve mother and child care.

As on date the State has been recording 4.5 lakh institutional deliveries annually. However, as per the census, 6 lakh deliveries take place every year in the State.

Under a pilot project, would-be mothers will not have to give blood replacement at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).

On the other hand, the government has decided to bring in an additional two hundred and fifty 108 vehicles at the earliest.

269 children to leave State for heart treatment

GUWAHATI, Nov 4 – As many as 269 children suffering from congenital heart complications would leave for Bangalore and Kolkata to get treated by specialists as part of the ongoing State Governments sponsored programme.

The children, all below 14 years of age, will fly in batches along with one of his or her parents from November 9 this year to March 30 next year to be treated at Narayan Hrudyalay in a phased manner.

Speaking at an interactive session with parents of children with congenital heart disease, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that already over 500 such children had been treated successfully in the earlier phases.

The interactive session was organized at the Gauhati Medical College auditorium.

The government is spending approximately Rs 2 lakh on each child under the programme, which include air fare, lodging and medical expenses, said Sarma.

He went on to inform that children will serious complications would be treated at Bangalore, while those with minor complications would head for Kolkota.

Elaborating on the programme to the parents, he further added that each children will be reexamined at the GMCH on the day of departure.

Security at GMC girls hostel urged

GUWAHATI, Sept 21 – The Gauhati Medical College Students Union, on Tuesday, had urged the Government to take immediate steps to ensure safety and security of the inmates of the girls hostel, which is witnessing a spurt in the number of theft cases.

President of the union body, during the 51st anniversary celebration of the GMC, rued that the girls hostel lacks any proper security mechanism and, therefore, stands vulnerable to crimes.

Theft in the girls hostel has become a common incident leaving the inmates of the hostel at lurch. Moreover, poor lighting system in the GMCH campus also has added to the problem, said J Doley, president ofthe union body during the inaugural session of the 51st anniversary celebration. The hostels too are getting overcrowded, especially the girls hostel, which also needs some attention, Doley pointed out.

He also pointed out the problems relating to shifting of classrooms in his speech and demanded hike in the stipend of the junior doctors.

He also raised a host of other issues for redressal which include the lack of proper drinking water facilities, non-hygienic sanitation, upgradation of laboratories and computerization of the institute.

The GMCH, it may be mentioned, offers 151 MBBS seats, 131 postgraduate seats, 28 diploma seats and 16 post-doctoral seats.

As mentioned in the annual report, the hospital, rated as one of the top most government hospitals in the country, has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of indoor and outdoor patients. Besides, the number of operations performed, both minor and major, has also increased.

50 pc GMCH land under encroachment

GUWAHATI, Sept 20 – Principal cum Chief Superintendent of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Dr MM Deka today said that almost 50 per cent of the hospitals land had been encroached upon by illegal settlers.

Speaking at the 51st anniversary function of the GMC, Dr Deka said, The GMCH earlier had an area of approximately 550 bighas but unfortunately it is now left with around 300 bighas of land only. The encroachers had even manipulated the paper work relating to the land.

Dr Deka felt that the State Government, especially the Forest and Environment Ministry, must also take special care of the forest areas attached with the GMCH campus and take necessary measures to develop the forest areas.

Environment and health are inter-related and in todays world most of the diseases are caused due to environmental changes, which is why, there is need for both the departments to work in tandem, Dr Deka pointed out.

Addressing the gathering, he also said that the GMCH, which is rated amongst the top Government hospitals in the country, is trying to cater to the needs of the poor people in a more effective manner.

He also talked about the hospital being developed as a super-specialty one, adding that the authorities concerned must chalk out plans to make GMCH a centre of excellence.

Only if the Government sector is considered, the State is falling short of at least 16 lakh doctors, informed Dr Deka.

Dr Deka also read out excerpts from the annual report of the GMCH brought out on the occasion.

Speaking as the chief guest, Minister of Forest and Environment Rockybul Hussain, urged the doctors to pursue the profession as a service to the people.

He also lauded the efforts of the medical professionals in improving the health scenario of the State.

A host of other dignitaries, including Prof AK Barua, former principal of GMC and director NEIGRIHMS, Prof D Borkotoky, former professor of medicine department, GMC, were also present on the occasion.

GMC doctors assaulted over patients death

GUWAHATI, Sept 21 – Chaos prevailed at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) today after irate people manhandled doctors and staff besides damaging hospital property following the death of a patient.

Relatives of the deceased, Anirudhha Das (39) of Noonmati, alleged lapse on the part of the doctors, something denied by the latter as totally baseless.

Das was admitted to the emergency ward of GMCH around 11-30 am. His attendants told us it to be a case of road accident and that he had injury on his leg. But attending doctors found signs of other injuries as well and referred him for further tests like X-ray and CT scan. In the meantime, his condition deteriorated but the attendants got agitated and refused to hear anything and started bashing up the doctors and staff, Kaushik Bhuyan Keot, general secretary of the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) said.

He said the patient was declared dead at 3-20 pm.

Attendants, however, alleged that there was negligence on the part of the doctors in ensuring timely treatment to the patient.

The irate people also broke a number of glasses of the hospital. Despite intervention from the police, it took a long time to bring the situation under control.

The disturbance also affected treatment to other patients of the hospital, Keot said.

GTC to raise hostel funds through concert

GUWAHATI, Oct 13 - In a bid to raise funds for completing the under construction players hostel, Gauhati Town Club will be organising a musical concert at Guwahati Medical College auditorium here on October 14.

Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas will perform with his troupe in the musical evening where noted Mumbai based Assamese violinist Sunita Khound, combining with renowned tablist Bhushan Parchere will present unique classical composition - Ragas of Bollywood.

Giving details about the musical evening, GTC general secretary Devojit Saikia said in a press conference today that the three-hour show will start at 6.30 pm and it certainly to enthral the audience.

Saikia revealed that the 70 per cent work of the 100-beded hostel have been completed and if they are able to raise funds from this ghazal evening, the hostel will be completed within the next six months. The total budget for constructing of the hostel is Rs 47 lakh. The organisers are expecting a handsome amount from this show as ghazal loving people have shown good response to the programme and out of 1,200 tickets, costing Rs 500, Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 3000, most have been sold out, Saikia said.

Saikia also congratulated Abu Nechim Ahmed on behalf of GTC for his laudable performance in the recently concluded Champions League T20 playing for champions Mumbai Indians. He also urged the Assam Cricket Association to back players like Abu, Arlen Konwar, Gokul Sharma, Tarjinder Singh and others so that they can earn berths atleast in Challenger Trophy or Duleep Trophy teams.

GTC working president Joideep Baruah said two former sportspersons – footballer Naren Nath and tennis player Anup Lahoty – who are suffering from illness, will be provided

Rs 15,000 each as financial assistance for their treatment out of the collection from this function.

The title sponsor of the show is travel company Subhyatra and co-sponsors are – Jindal Saw, Electrosteel, Aircel.

Other GTC officials Amarendra Nath, Sajjad Zaheer Hussain, Bulbul Choudhury, Subhyatra MD Sachin Jain were also present in the press conference.

Mamoni Raisom likely to arrive in city today

NEW DELHI, July 6 – Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami is likely to be flown back to Guwahati tomorrow morning by a team of specially trained nursing staff and doctors.

The decks were cleared for her shifting from Medanta Medi-city in neighbouring Gurgaon after the State government cleared all formalities including settling of the bills on Tuesday. She is being flown back in a regular Spice Jet commercial flight as stretcher passenger. She would be accompanied by doctors and a family member, said sources.

The noted author, though in coma, is breathing normally without any external support and her vital health parameters were stated to be normal. She sustained severe cerebral damage, said her doctors.

She was shifted to Medi-city on February 19 in a critical condition from Guwahati Medical College Hospital. She was admitted to the hospital in Guwahati on February 12, after she complained of breathlessness. She was later airlifted after her condition deteriorated.

Govt declares State mourning, holiday today

GUWAHATI, Nov 29 – The Assam Government has declared November 30 as a state holiday as a mark of respect to Jnanpith Award winner Mamoni Raisom Goswami who breathed her last at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital this morning. A press note also announced that a three-day state mourning begins today.

Governor JB Patnaik has condoled the death of Goswami and rushed to her Gandhibasti residence straight from Borjhar Airport, after his arrival at the city from Bhubaneswar, to pay his last respect to the noted writer.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also mourned the death of Goswami. In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said that the death of Goswami is an irreparable loss to the world of literature.

Workshop on human trafficking

GUWAHATI, April 26 – A one-day workshop was organised today by GOLD under the Ujjawala project, funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, for the NGO personnel on trafficking of women and children at Pensioners Bhawan. Kaberi Sharma delivered the welcome address to the participants followed by inauguration of the function by Rajeeb L Duarah, Mridula Saharia and TG Baruah, said a press release.

The main objectives of the programme were – to prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through networking and partnership with various stakeholders; to build pressure groups for implementation of the policies and enforcement of existing laws; to adopt standard for care and protection of the survivors; and to bring about congenial social change by involving media and the community at large.

MK Ingtipi, additional SP, CID, Assam, Mythili Hazarika, clinical psychologist, Gauhati Medical College and Dr Rajeeb Sharma, general secretary, GOLD were the resource persons. They spoke on law enforcement in relation to human trafficking and example of good practices and psycho-socio needs of trafficked victims and overview on trafficking of children and women.

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