DIMAPUR, APR 11 : The officers and staff of the directorate of health and family welfare on Monday shut down the directorate in protest against April 8 incident, wherein one of its officers was threatened at point of gun in the office premises by some anti social elements.
However, they have decided to resume normal duties from Tuesday. Dr. H. Hotokhu Chishi and Thinuohelie Sachu, on behalf of the officers and staff of the directorate said that in spite of many constraints, the department was continuously working to improve the service delivery for the people. It was made clear that the resumption of duties did not mean withdrawal of FIR lodged with the police. They urged the law enforcing agencies to take the case to its logical conclusion.
They appealed to everyone that the government servants, regardless of departments should be left to carry out the works without any such harassment in future.
Should there be also any such instances of harassment by any anti social elements, the officers and staff of the department of H&FW said, they would no longer be mere spectators but come out strongly in protest even in the days to come.
“Should such a step be required in future, we will have to take stronger means of protest which may inconvenience the patients to which the department may not be held responsible,” they said.
The officers and staff of the directorate conveyed appreciation to one and all for their support and solidarity.
Flash strike at NHAK
In protest against the attempted robbery and intimidation at the directorate of health and family on April 8, the doctors of Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) observed a flash strike where the Routine OPD Services were suspended on Monday.
However, in order not to inconvenience the patients, routine indoor and emergency outdoor services functioned normally.
This was informed in a pres release issued by Dr. Thorsie Katiry, on behalf of the working doctors of NHAK. The doctors expressed deep regret for inconvenience caused to the patients.
Meanwhile the Chief Medical Officers (CMO) office Kohima, Nagaland AYUSH Doctors Association (NADA), All Nagaland Health Complementary Service Association and Indian Medical Association, Nagaland State Branch strongly condemned the April 8 incident. The CMO office expressed solidarity and assured full cooperation for further course of action.
NADA called upon all the citizens to refrain from such acts of violence and instead resort to peaceful discussions and negotiations. It also called upon the responsible Naga leaders and authorities to see that such things do not recur in the days.
All Nagaland Health Complementary Service Association also condemned the April 8 incident and urged upon all the right thinking citizens and civilized societies to vehemently condemned such ugly and cowardice acts.
The Indian Medical Association, Nagaland State Branch wished the officers and staff a speedy recovery from the traumatic experience and hoped that the culprits would be apprehended at the earliest.