Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar on Saturday paid a maiden visit to Naga Hospital to inspect the condition and functioning of the Hospital and also to interact with the hospital authority.
The governor inspected the various wings of the hospital and was briefed by the hospital authorities. He expressed satisfaction on the maintenance and running of the hospital.
While expressing happiness to learn that the state had one of the most peaceful Christmas and New Year, he extended new year greetings and expressed hope that the prevailing peace will continue throughout the year. Earlier, Medical Superintendent Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima Dr.Nandira on behalf of the hospital authority gave a power point presentation on “NHAK: A vision of the Nagaland State Government” in the presence of the Managing Director NHAK, Dr.L.Angami and hosts of other Doctors and Nurses.
During the presentation, she also gave a brief history of the hospital which started with a 10 bedded dispensary in 1905-06 and then later was renamed as Naga Hospital with the current 300 bedded rooms. Though, Naga Hospital has become autonomous and has been renamed as Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, yet there are still grey areas as it still caters as District Hospital.
As autonomous hospital, the hospital presently charges 1/5th of the amount charged in private hospitals. However, in most cases the hospital provides free treatment for the poor patients, she added. She also presented a comparative statistical data of the number of outdoor patient inflow, patients admitted, minor and major operation conducted by various departments of the hospital during the year 2008 and 2009.
Dr. Nandira also stressed the need for the government to increase the seats of the Nursing Schools. She pointed out that Naga nurses were one of the best in the country and were in high demand everywhere.
The governor also enquired about the status of super specialties and facilities available in the hospital and the possibility of upgrading the hospital with modern hi-tech machineries and their prices. He also said that the purpose of his visit to the hospital was to get an update on the hospital and also to extend help wherever he can particularly in garnering funds from the central government.