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Sarkar asks docs to be ‘humane’

Agartala, May 23: Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar has called upon newly qualified doctors to be “more humane” in their dealing with patients and their relatives.

“You can put even a critical patient at ease with humane behaviour. You should also remember that most of your patients come from very poor backward background for government health service and you should do justice to them,” said the chief minister while addressing the cultural programme as part of the first convocation of the Tripura Medical College last night.

“The cost of your education is borne by society and that is the reason why you should do your best to give something to society in the form of service,” said Sarkar.

He also appealed to the newly qualified doctors to be good human beings while trying to become good doctors.

The Triprua Medical College that was launched by a Kerala-based group Global Educational Net in 2006 on the private-public partnership (PPP) model in collaboration with the state government. But the group abandoned the institution in 2008 after the college failed to obtain recognition from the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Even as the future of many students was at stake, the state government took it over in early 2009 and constituted a society comprising government officers to run the college.

Last night, the college held its first convocation in the college auditorium.

The chief executive officer of the college, Ashok Poddar, delivered the welcome address and said the students had secured six of the 10 positions in the merit list of the MBBS final examination held this year by the Tripura University.

“We are proud of our performance as our students.”

Commissioner for health, M. Nagaraju, director of health education Siddhartha Mazumder, director of health service Satya Ranjan Debbarma and college principal S.C. Bhattacharjee attended the programme.