With an objective to bring relief to many suffering from poor health especially in east Burma Camp colony where 70 percent of the population being non- local and mostly labourers resided, the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, (CIHSR) Dimapur inaugurated an urban community health clinic in east Burma Camp on Friday at Panchayat hall. The community health clinic will provide curative and preventive services such as immunization, antenatal care, counseling for those with conditions such as tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS and cancer.
This is the second community health clinic inaugurated by CIHSR, the first clinic was inaugurated in May in Showuba.
Highlighting the vision and mission of CIHSR, associate director Prof Dr, Abraham Joseph said the role of CIHSR was not in only providing high quality care as a referral hospital but also to reach out needy sections of the community. He urged the community to come forward for treatment and bring pregnant women and children for immunization so that diseases would be prevented. Observing that East Burma camp had many TB related cases Dr. Joseph suggested if the clinic could be set up as centre for TB where patients could be treated. He expressed hope that volunteers would come forward to join hands for the success of the programme besides informing that trainings would be imparted to volunteers. Deputy Chief medical officer Dimapur Dr, Ritu Thurr lauded the CIHSR team of doctors and staff for the initiative in providing health care to the underprivileged and expressed hope that the community health clinic would benefit the community in a great way.
Associate Director, in charge of CIHSR administration David Chandran lighted a candle to signify the inauguration of an activity which would bring relief to many. Talking to this reporter, David Chandran disclosed that plans to setup medical college is in the offing and once formalities were materialised Nagaland would get its first medical college soon.
Earlier, medical superintendent Dr. Sedevi welcomed the gathering and Dr. Viu Meru thanked all those who contributed for the success of the programme. He thanked Rev. Meren for providing a temporary place and said with the support of the local leaders they plan to have a permanent center soon. The programme was chaired by chairman of East Burma Camp block Haisui Iralu and dedicatory prayer was said by Rev. Meren Ao. Besides others CIHSR team included Dr. Viu Meru Comm. Health in-charge CIHSR, Dr. Asino Hibo, Dr. Adahtü Moses nurses and pharmacist including four staff. The inaugural programme was also attended by labourers and minor children.
CIHSR would charge a nominal registration fee of rupees 10 and quality medicines would be available at low rate especially for the community. East Burma camp, which has a population of 3000 are more prone to environmental hazards as stone crusher factory and truck workshop situated near the colony emanates harmful dusts and chemical gases from it. Opening of community health clinic in such surrounding comes as sigh of relief for those who cannot afford medical expenses.
With the inauguration, the clinic started functioning later in the evening where many children and parents availed medical aid. The urban community health clinic will open every Friday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.