S. Harpal Singh
ADILABAD: Thanks to the interest shown by professionals from Maharashtra, the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Adilabad will not be faced with the all too familiar problem of shortage of doctors in the district. As many as a dozen Maharashtrians from the 15 freshly recruited faculty members now herald a happy phase in the annals of medical history in the district.
The district has always had shortage of doctors, especially those willing to work in rural areas. Such shortage had in the past added to the woes of the local population during epidemic seasons.
The wider scope in terms of recruitment has apparently rendered doctors from the neighbouring State eligible to join as faculty members at the RIMS. This will also ensure that the medical college starts functioning on schedule.
“In addition to the new faculty members, the 25 doctors already employed at the former district headquarters hospital will also be teaching at the RIMS. The next recruitment will see the number of teaching staff swell to about 90. By this time, we will have our second batch of students,” says Sriram Rathod, the Dean of the College.
Permission from the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the medical college to start functioning is expected by the end of this month. A team of experts from the MCI had been on an inspection visit to the facility recently.
“By August this year, all the new buildings and renovations of the existing buildings will be complete. We will have college building, staff quarters and junior doctors’ quarters, library and student hostels, etc. The existing building of the headquarters hospital with a capacity of 300 beds is already under use,” points out Rathod.
“The RIMS being a teaching hospital, the patient turnover here also matters. The MCI team was also impressed with the large number of patients coming to hospital every day. It was generally felt that the college is necessary for the good number of patient turnover,” adds V. Srinivasulu Reddy, Registrar.