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Docs urged to care for patients
Published on 25 Jan. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Admitting lack of professionalism by the doctors and nurses in present time, principal director, health and family welfare, Dr. V. Sekhose urged them to be closer to the patients and their families. “The caring of the patients are lacking today,” he pointed out and opined that the doctors and nurses should bridge the gap between the professionals and patients and their families. Dr. Sekhose was of the view that so long as the in-service doctors do not disturb or violate their official duties, it hardly mattered when they keep providing services to others. He felt that services of most senior doctors who were talented in their areas of specialties were mostly sought after by many and that it was difficult for them to refuse their request. “Of course, if they do not attend their office duties and start attending to others, then it is a violation,” the principal director told the NEPS Thursday. “But what is wrong, when we utilize their services during their off duty,” he added. He said people have to understand that doctors cannot work 24 hours in hospitals except in some emergency cases. Dr. Sekhose recalled how the medical professionals used to receive high regards from the people in the earlier days and regretted that the trend was declining today. He said, Kohima, being the capital did not have a district hospital whereas all the district headquarters have due to which it has been deprived of many funds. “This is a very sorry part of the Kohima District,” he rued. With regard to the landowners’ problem near Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, the principal director disclosed that the government of Nagaland has already worked out to clear the payment of land compensation. But due to financial constraints, the State government had asked the government of India to provide some funds for payment of compensation to the land owners. “We have already written to the Government of India ….But so far we haven’t received any response from them,” he said. On the shortage of doctors and nurses in the state, Dr Sekhose said they had limited posts for doctors but revealed that the medical department had been asking the Government to sanction posts for many years. “As of now, we are only giving contract services to doctors …. And as and when the Government sanctions the posts, they will be regularized,” he said. He also informed that the new office complex of the directorate of health and family welfare, near New Secretariat Complex, was nearing completion.

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