Opposition Congress on Monday demanded that state government pay attention to the health care and delivery system, especially in the rural areas in Nagaland.
Taking part in the cut motion to demands for grants for 2009-2010 on medical department, former chief minister and senior Congress MLA, KL Chishi stressed on the need to provide proper medical equipments and improvement of X’ Ray, Ultra sound machines, life saving medicines and nursing sundries.
He suggested that the medical department should coordinate with power department for uninterrupted power supply in hospitals and provision for generator facilities. Chishi also opined that the doctors, nurses and compounders should be engaged and provided with those facilities thereby benefiting the patients.
Congress MLA, Kheto viewed with serious concern the rampant issue of pharmacist license by the department and called upon to check the problem with serious earnest by the department.
Congress MLA, H. Chuba Chang said that a doctor who was posted in his constituency was facing difficulties as there was no quarter and vehicle and drew the attention of the department to look into the matter.
Another Congress MLA, T. Sentichuba suggested that government constitute a High Powered Committee (HPC) to look into the purchase of machineries and equipments, before it was handed over to the department.
Congress MLA, C. Apok Jamir alleged that sub-standard and spurious medicines have already made inroad to Nagaland.
Meanwhile, the medical minister was absent and the leader of house and chief minister, Neiphiu Rio replied on his behalf. Rio said that things have now changed and that quality doctors and technicians were already in the state. Admitting that the conditions of the rural people were pathetic, the chief minister said that any local doctor willing to work in rural areas would be paid Rs.25, 000 and the appointment done immediately.
He also said that union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had assured to help the state government in providing better health care facilities to the people of the state.