Phek town unit congress committee has alleged state's minister for health & family welfare Küzholüzo (Azo) Nienu of lifting 2000 insecticide impregnated bed net (IBN) from National Vector-Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) state program officer (SPO) and distributing the same to members of NPF unit Phek only.
Committee accused the minister of "playing petty vote bank politics" in the distribution of IBN in Phek town by instructing NPF workers to submit beneficiary list to him personally and some colony representatives subsequently distributed the bed nets to NPF workers and supporters only. A press release issued by unit congress committee president Vetsohu Chuzoh and general secretary (admin) Senokha stated that sickness from mosquito bites could affect anybody irrespective of age, sex, caste or party color, and termed the minister's action as "unbecoming", "discriminatory" and "not only shameful but also highly unethical". "He should either apologize and take corrective measures or own up moral responsibility and resign," the release stated.
Meanwhile, the committee also sought clarification from the responsible department as to whether there was VIP quota in demand/supply and distribution chain of IBN; and if not, then on what criteria was the health minister issued 2000 numbers of IBN for distribution in Phek Town only? It also questioned the department what the laid down technical criteria were, under NVBDCP guideline to qualify for receiving IBN and who were designated to distribute the IBN; the party workers or the staff of District Malaria Officer?
Further, the unit congress committee demanded that the colony-wise post-distribution beneficiary list as submitted by NPF workers be made public, "for the sake of transparency."