In response to the pressing need to ease manpower shortage in the Health & Family Welfare department, which was hindering it from providing quality health care service to the people, the Cabinet in principle has agreed to enhance post-creation to ease the problem, said minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu said.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the newly extended Primary Health Centre (PHC) building at Tizit town, under Mon district on Tuesday, Azo said “The department would stop at nothing to extend all possible health care service to the people” although the present manpower shortage proved to be a hindrance.
Apprising the public of Tizit on the health care scenario of the state, Azo who personally led an inspection team in visiting 11 district hospitals in 2008-09, resented that out of the 124 odd PHCs in the state, over 20 of them were non-functional due to lack of doctors and nurses. He said the department has also tried to rope in doctors from mainland but, the result has not been forthcoming.
The minister opined that though there had been marked increase in population in the state, yet post creation within the department remained constant during the past four decades and attributed it as one of the reasons for the shortfall.
“Our population has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decades, but post creation has not been done” he said. Responding to the Tizit public demand for upgradation of the Tizit PHC to CHC, the minister said there were criterias to be met before such steps could be taken up by the department.
He however assured to post more staff once the cabinet consent for post creation came through. Also exhorting the public, Mission Director NRHM, Dr. Toshevi Sema sought the cooperation of the people. She urged the public to take ownership of the infrastructures and help maintain the same. She also appealed to all the medical staffs posted in the PHC to render their best service to the patients.
CMO Mon, Dr. T Kikon in his short speech acknowledged the yeoman service rendered by the Tizit PHC headed by Dr. GK Sharma adding “ Tizit PHC has been rated as best performing PHC in Mon district” .
The minister was accompanied by local MLA, Alo and host of department officials from the directorate.