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Indian Medical Association Sikkim Branch elects its first committee

Saturday, Jul 04, 2020 14:45 [IST]

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Indian Medical Association Sikkim Branch elects its first committee

PANKAJ DHUNGEL
GANGTOK: The Sikkim branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA)on Thursday constituted a new committee led by STNM hospital’s ophthalmologist Dr. Karma LodayBhutia as its president along with senior private practitioner Dr. Hanuman P. Marda as the vice president.
IMA-Sikkim Branch was constituted in September 2017 and since then has attracted 134 doctors, both government and private practitioners, as its members. The previous committee was an ad-hoc committee led by senior medical practitioner Dr. S.K. Dewan.
This was the first occasion when an election was held to ascertain the executive committee of IMA’s Sikkim Branch.
Speaking with SIKKIM EXPRESS, Dr. Karma LodayBhutia highlighted how it is a voluntary representative organization of doctors who practice modern medicine. It looks after the welfare of doctors as well as the community at large, he said.
The New Delhi-headquartered association has been in existence since 1928 and is the largest non-governmental association in the world with 3.25 lakh doctors as its members.
Dr. S.K. Dewan asserted that despite Sikkim branch being relatively new and small in its member count, it has been pro-active in the last three years with awards at a national level being conferred in the last three years.
"With the Covid-19 scare, we were able to distribute masks, bring awareness among the public. We have been able to give suggestions on medicines to the medical fraternity. The new team is more organized and vibrant, till now it was an ad-hoc body. They are led by youngsters and we are confident that they will do a fine job,” he said.
IMA follows its guidelines from the Central body with the pre-requisite being MBBS doctors and not any other, not even dentists or AYUSH practitioners.
“For them to be registered, they have to be approved by the State medical council, and once they became a member of the IMA in the State, they will be members of Central IMA as well. If we work in other State in the future, the registration will be considered in the other State’s IMA branch as well. We do have Sikkim government doctors’ association as well, but only government doctors can be a member, but IMA is open even for private practitioners. Our executive committee also has private practitioners with Dr.Marda as vice president, while the joint secretary Dr.Monish is from Central Referral Hospital. So we have a mix of every doctor,” stated Dr. Karma LodayBhutia.
IMA Sikkim Branch will be keeping a close watch on working during the pandemic or any other such disasters or pandemics to follow.
“Among one initiative that IMA Sikkim Branch has taken over is ‘Masks for Sikkim’ initiative, which has been funded by the doctors and the public to prepare reusable masks. In villages, people are not aware how to use proper masks, so such sensitization works are also being carried out. The issue of bio-medical waste is always there, so we are making these reusable masks and with preparation of the same we are taking care of livelihood of others involved as well,” informed Dr. Bhutia.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi