Call it a perfect birthday gift, the TB Hospital Khuzama got the first kitchen for the attendants of patient on its 41st anniversary from Nagaland Contractors and Suppliers Union (NCSU) which was formally inaugurated by its president Pele Khezhie and handed over to the hospital authority in a simple ceremony on Saturday.
TB Hospital Khuzama is among the first and only TB Hospital in the state and the region which was inaugurated on 15 August, 1968 by former chief minister late J B Jasokie.
The 50 bedded hospital has a common kitchen for the patients but there was no such provision for the attendants of the patients who had to cook in the corridor or in the open space outside the past until recently when a temporary shed without wall was constructed to provide shelter and place for the attendants to cook their food.
The NCSU which was entrusted to feed the inmate of the hospital on the occasion of Independence Day last year had assured the hospital authority to construct the much needed kitchen on the plight of the hospital authority and the Khuzama village leaders.
Keeping its assurances, the NCSU constructed the brick wall and tin roof kitchen (10 foot by 30 foot) and formally handed over the same on the occasion of Independence Day today. The union also feed the patients, their attendants and the hospital staff on the occasion.
NCSU President Pele Khezhie in his addressed after inaugurating the newly constructed kitchen expressed his happiness that the union could construct the kitchen and given to the hospital as a small gift today. He also thanks the hospital staffs for helping the NCSU for which it could complete the construction in time. NCSU is purely an NGO and it doesn’t have any development funds at its disposal, however, the union does from time to time help people in times of need, he added.
He also lauded the hospital for their yeoman services to the people and thereby saving many lives since its establishment in 1968 and also providing excellent services to the people. While lauding the Doctors and Nurses for their missionary job and pray that God bless them abundantly, he also wished the hospital to be one of the best service centre of the people. Further, he expressed his happiness on the achievement of the state with a record of 90% detection against the national target of 70% and also 93% cure rate against the national target of 85%.
Encouraging the patients coming from different parts of the state, he asked them to be courageous and not to be ashamed of suffering from TB disease. Instead, he urged them to be strong and think positive so that they will get well soon and go back home peacefully. “You came here to cure your disease and you must get cure and go back home”, he added.
On the other hand, he also urged the Khuzama villagers to be more active for the upliftment of the hospital. From time to time you have to see improvement and the needs of the hospital and keep pressure to the government for development if necessary so that patient coming from far away may go back with the good message and their experience to their people, he added.
Dr. Loso Chalai, Medical Superintendent TB Hospital Khuzama, recalled that the 50 bedded TB hospital was once crowded with patients and their attendants but with the mushrooming of hospital in different parts of the state, the inflow of patients had reduced but the inflow still continued.
He also recalled the pitiable conditions of the attendants of the patients in the past who had no place to cook their food due to lack of kitchen. The hospital authority had approached the state government but due to paucity of fund no such provision could be provided. Moreover, it had approached other donors and well wishers but couldn’t garner sufficient funds to construct the kitchen.
He lauded the NCSU for willingly stepping forward when approached during their visit on the occasion of Independence Day last year. In this modern world, the love for one another is fast diminishing, he said and lauded the NSCU for their philosophy to help the needy and added that by their act of helping the weak and needy, the union have set a good example.