Imphal: The “first homegrown private medical college” in the Northeast region of India was today inaugurated in Imphal. Shija Academy of Health Sciences (SAHS) is located at Langol in Imphal West district established by Shija Hospitals.
The National Medical Commission (NMC) former Medical Council of India had recently given permission vided letter no. NMC/UG/2020/000092/032984 issued on November 1, 2021, to Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI) to start a new private medical college with 150 student intake capacity per year, according to SHRI chief managing director (CMD) Dr Palin Khundongbam.
SAHS aims to produce strong, empathetic, compassionate, socially and environmentally responsible research-oriented medical graduates and postgraduates for the new era of health sciences, affordable quality healthcare, and medical value tourism to help save the state’s exchequer and inclusive growth of the region.
Inaugurating the medical college, chief minister N Biren Singh lauded Shija Hospitals for its contributions towards providing quality healthcare not only to the people of the state but also to the whole Northeast region and neighbouring countries.
He also said that the private hospital also contributed a lot in fighting COVID pandemic. The chief minister further stated that it is heartening to learn that 57,000 patients have received treatment under CMHT and PMJAY at Shija Hospitals so far.
Stating that the government alone cannot meet all the necessities of the people, the chief minister stated that there is a need to encourage the PPP model in every sector. He further said that prime minister Narendra Modi also directed the States in the recent chief minister’s conference to promote the PPP model.
Maintaining that the State government is ever ready to extend all possible co-operations to private companies in all their endeavours, N. Biren Singh further said that the State government had given approval to run the 20 KL Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) Plant at Porompat through PPP model. Stating that the government had a hard time in tackling COVID pandemic, he appreciated the efforts of health professionals and all the frontline warriors.
A souvenir which presents an account of 36 years of service by Shija Hospitals was also released on the occasion.