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Arunachal; Tomo Riba Honoured, State Hospital Renamed

Arunachal; Tomo Riba Honoured, State Hospital Renamed
January 26
12:14 2016

Arunachal Pradesh Chief minister Nabam Tuki unveiled the re-naming plaque of the newly christened Tomo Riba State Hospital in an impressive ceremony held at the hospital premises on Monday. The event, organized by the department of Health & Family Welfare, brought a lot of appreciation for recognizing the life and contributions of former chief minister late Tomo Riba.

The decision to rename Aruanchal State Hospital as Tomo Riba State Hospital was taken in March 2015 by Tuki government and approved this year to inspire the coming generations and remind them of his invaluable contributions to the state and the nation.
Tomo Riba was the president of the Peoples Party of Arunachal and was the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh in the year 1979. He was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha from the Arunachal West constituency in 1996 and passed away in the year 2000.

Wife of late Riba, Minoti Riba, extended family’s gratitude to the CM and his cabinet of ministers, as well as legislators for renaming the hospital after Riba. She also thanked the chief secretary Ramesh Negi for his initiative in getting the re-naming done. She also said she was “deeply moved by the love and honour that the people of the state have conferred not only on late Riba but also on the family.”

Tuki in his address remembered late Riba as a leader who strongly believed in the idea of one family, one Arunachal and saluted him for living his life in trying to achieve this ideal. “Achi Tomo’s contributions to the state were immense and the re-naming of the hospital was a way to pay tribute to him”, said Tuki. He further said that as long as the hospital was there, the name and legacy of late Riba will continue to be there and inspire people.

Later, on behalf of the Tomo Riba Memorial Trust, a symbolic hamper containing bedsheets and pillow covers were handed over to the chief medical superintendent of the hospital Dr. RK Khrimey by Tuki. The Trust has committed to provide monogrammed blankets and bed linen to the hospital, on the occasion.

In a separate event, after the departure of CM Tuki and accompanying dignitaries the guests present took part in a public programme which was attended by Health & FW parliamentary secretary Karya Bagang, chief secretary, H&FA commissioner Bolung Siram, H&FA director Dr. Moji Jini, chief medical superintendent of the hospital Dr. RK Khrimey, PPA senior leader Kamen Ringu and close friend of late Tomo Riba and a host of his associates and admirers.

Chief secretary Negi in a very moving and erudite address, said that though he had never met the person, the image and reputation that he learnt late Riba commanded shows he was a person full of compassion and care. “In a time today when people have access to much wealth and facilities, but lack of compassion in our lives, late Riba’s life stands as a great inspiration”, he added. He also dwelt at length on how there is an acute need to ensure that delivery of services particularly in education and health be taken up diligently by the government.

Citing the example of the success of the state’s health insurance scheme, he said “this was a fine example of what can be achieved if the right approach exists in reaching our goals, whereby because of the committed efforts of the doctors the scheme was registering much success”.

Bagang lauded late Tomo Riba’s contribution to the state and recalled him as one of the tallest leaders of the state, whom both her and her family knew. She greatly appreciated the CM’s decision in naming the hospital after late Riba and committed her support to any such initiative in honor of him.

H & FW director in his closing address recalled the time when he was witness to late Tomo Riba’s involvement in the growth of what was General Hospital, Naharlagun at that time and said that the re-naming was a right tribute to late Riba. While expressing his hope that the infrastructure of the state hospital grows and develops swiftly, he also pointed out that there is a great responsibility on the media and the public to make real the dream of having the state’s own medical college- a dream that has been nurtured for long by people.

He said that the many issues related to availability of land, of infrastructure creation, etc, needs to be addressed holistically so that indeed one day we have the medical college fully operational. He appealed for everyone to work towards fulfilling this vision.

-Dawnlit Post

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