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People stakeholders of own health: Rio

Patients availing free medicines at the Health Mela at NHAK on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Feb. 2009 6:39 PM IST
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Noting that people are the real stake holders of their own health, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio urged them to take preventive measures to protect their health. Stating that our health is directly linked to our food habits, the Chief Minister suggested the need to concentrate more on what is healthy and less on what is tasty. Launching the Health Mela, Nagaland Chapter, 2009 at Naga Hospital Kohima as the chief guest on Wednesday, he was of the view that holding of Health Mela was a step in the right direction as it helps bring health services to the doorsteps of the people while noting that hospital facilities available were inadequate and expensive for common man. He said melas were in a way festivals, which give an opportunity to the people to get their basic health and social needs fulfilled. “Health Melas are also intended to let the people know the various programmes and schemes of the government to enable them to comprehend the linkages between preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care, and to teach the people that they themselves are the stakeholders of their own health,” he added. Quoting the maxim “Prevention is better than cure”, Rio called upon the people to propagate and create awareness about preventive measures. He also called upon the public, especially those with health problems, to avail the opportunity at the Health Mela. He further urged all professional bodies, NGOs and others linked with health, to help make the melas in the state a success. The chief minister also launched DNB course, New OT complex and laid the foundation stone of the oncology wing of the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima. Stating that the state was yet to have a medical college despite the government’s efforts, the chief minister lauded the hospital for receiving accreditation to start the first Diploma in National Board (DNB) course. He expressed his hope that through the venture, the need for specialist services especially in the rural areas would be met. Expressing concern over huge number of cancer cases amongst the Nagas every year, Rio said earlier most cases were referred outside the state due to lack of diagnostic facilities. But with the starting of the Oncology wing at NHAK in 2005 under the revised scheme of National Cancer Control Programme, there had been progression, he observed and lauded the Naga doctors, nurses and para medics, saying that they were second to none in their technical knowledge, professional skills and in their dedication and commitment to their professions.” Health and Family Welfare Minister Kuzholuzo Nienu said the health mela would send a clear message to the people that the DAN government was serious to provide good health care to the people. He appealed to the doctors and nurses to show more love and affection to their patients. A song was presented by School of Nursing on the occasion while words of gratitude were delivered by the managing director, NHAK, Dr L Angami. Commissioner and secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Menukhol John chaired the programme. School Education Minister Nyiewang Konyak, PHED Minister Dr Ngangshi K Ao, NKVIB chairman Dr Nicky Kire and chief secretary Lalhuma were among others present at the programme. The two-day health mela at NHAK will conclude tomorrow. Health melas will also be organized in all the districts of the state during 2009. The health melas in the district hospitals will be held on April 7 and 8 to coincide with the World Health Day. It is funded through grants-in aid by the Central Government.

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