27th May 2018 04:05:AM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News


In what calls for a huge round of applause, the Arunachal government finally got the green signal to start the state’s first medical college, the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences. Aside of the prestige attached in having such an institute in the state, it also means that people now will be able to avail better healthcare at nominal charges in this teaching college.


However, being in the nascent stage, infrastructure facilities aside the infant medical college will face multitude of challenge including finding good teaching faculty.


The lack of faculty in medical colleges is a problem that has been haunting the medical education system of the country for years. The disproportionate increase in the number of medical colleges has only aggravated the problem. With a large number of UG seats and very few PG seats, the issue is fast getting out of hands. Many medical colleges don’t have enough number of teachers to meet the Medical Council of India regulations. 


Arunachal has a huge shortfall of specialist doctors in various categories. According to data presented at the 2014 budget, the state had only 70 specialist doctors whose services were being utilized across the districts on rotation basis.

So, along with huge need of doctors to cater to patients, the start of the college will also need a pool of experienced doctors to teach. But the point to remember —qualification is one thing and teaching is altogether a different ball-game.



The Arunachal government must be commended for its foresight in passing the Arunachal Pradesh Anatomy Bill 2017 which aims to provide for supply of unclaimed bodies of deceased persons or donated bodies or any part of deceased persons to hospitals and teaching institutions for the purpose of anatomical examination and dissection and other similar purpose.




Medical colleges across the country are struggling to meet the demand for cadavers. As the number ofmedical colleges increase, so does the demand for cadavers, as medicos have cadaver-dissection as a part of their first-year syllabus. One cadaver should be made available to every 10 students for them to acquire the practical knowledge that a doctor is required to possess. 


NEIGRIHMS in a short span of time has become one of the best models in healthcare and medical education. A large number of patients from Arunachal make a bee-line to this institute to avail its excellent yet affordable health services. Patients who have undergone treatment here return singing paeans about it health facilities, minimum charges for stay and overall cleanliness and hygiene.

TRIHMS must work to manage the teething problems in a planned manner to get the institute rolling in the real sense.


Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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