Shillong, May 1, 2019:
North East’s reputed medical institution North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) is undergoing turmoil as the head of the cardiology department Animesh Mishra is allegedly at loggerheads with the Director of the prestigious institute, DM Thappa.
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In a statement, Public relation officer, Dr. KK Pandita stated that the head of cardiology department, Dr. Animesh Mishra, also refused to cooperate with the administration regarding the issue and to make treatment to poorer patients affordable.
The statement further stated “Two complaints from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Union ministry of health and family welfare, forwarded to the institute, said cardiology patients have to purchase expensive stents from local vendors to get treatment at NEIGRIHMS.”
To overcome the situation, a committee was formed by the director of NEIGRIHMS to get the requirements from various departments so that the stents/pacemakers and others could be made available through revolving fund or Amrit pharmacy. However, the committee could not finalize the list as Mishra did not co-operation.
As per reports, the NEIGRIHMS administration has been seeking co-operation from Dr. Mishra to solve the problem of patients for the past two years but the department continued to make patients purchase costly stents and pacemakers from a vendor outside the hospital.
It was also alleged that the vendor in involvement with Dr. Mishra used to get stents in the morning to the institute’s cath lab and sell them to patients at a very high cost, despite an advisory by the health ministry asking to inform the patients to get the costly items from Amrit pharmacy rather than from outside vendors at a higher cost.
On Tuesday, while making rounds at the hospital, director of NEIGRIHMS found the vendor carrying four bags full of stents/pacemakers heading towards the lab, as informed by one of the medical practitioners.