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Medical college in state soon: Azo
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 May. 2011 12:53 AM IST
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Nagaland minister for health & family welfare Küzholüzo Nienu Friday assured to establish a medical college in Nagaland before the end of his term.
He also declared that not less than 80 doctors would be added to the total workforce of medical doctors in the state.
Nienu stated this in reply to a post creation memorandum submitted by the Nagaland in-service doctors’ association (NISDA) during the general conference and medical education programme of association.
Küzholüzo Nienu said the government was working on enhancing the workforce of medical practitioners in the state through post creation of 80 seats, as opposed to 59 posts proposed by NIDA.
The NIDA in its memorandum had pointed the need for post creation of both specialists and general duty medical officers, saying acute shortage of doctors was one main factor for failure to provide adequate health service delivery.
At present, there are 406 doctors in the state with 93 doctors in administrative set up and 313 in hospital service set up.
The NIDA revealed that total number of posts required under IPHS pattern was 398 and that minimum requirement of post as per bed strength was 278.
Raised by NIDA in its memorandum to the minister, Nienu said government had been sincerely pursuing the matter led by chief minister who had directed that the project be taken under special package under the central government.
On the issue of transfer and posting policy, which the NIDA asked in its memorandum for a clear cut transfer policy, Kuzholuzo Nienu said a systematic way of transfer and posting was in the pipeline.
While stating that there had been a lot of hurdles, Nienu assured that a clear cut system would come to light by the end of the year.
On issues of implementation of risk allowance and difficult area allowance, and appeal for modification of two years stricture of mandatory service of doctors, the minister expressed optimism that matters would be discussed and taken up in the cabinet meetings.
While answering to the memorandum, Nienu also encouraged doctors to work with passion, saying health care should not become a routine government duty but that doctors should be passionate to learn and discover more.
Nagaland chief secretary Lalthara, who was the guest of honour, lauded the NIDA for adding to their general conference a continuing medical education programme.
He said continuous education programme was required for growth of any profession.
Lalthara maintained that government departments have fallen back as many senior officials do not want to upgrade their skills and knowledge.
NKVIB chairman Dr. Nicky Kire, who was present at the occasion, suggested to the house that an award for deserving nurses and doctors at the highest level of the state be proposed.
NIDA President Dr. H. Hotokhu Chishi called upon the doctors to accept their limitations with positive attitude and welcome criticisms.
While mentioning problems faced by out-posted doctors such as poor infrastructure, lack of accommodation, Dr. Chishi appealed to all local area leaders to extend their support to their doctors for effective health service. He added that issues of health should not be left to the department of health and family welfare alone but that it was the responsibility of all.
Earlier, a time of obituary reference was held in remembrance of late Dr. Kumuni Kathipri, late Dr. Sanchukokba, late Dr. N. Mozhui, late Dr. I. Yimchunger, late Dr. Savizo Yhome, late Dr. Wapang, late Dr. Neisakhonuo, late Dr. Lima Aier, late Dr. Meren Jamir and late Dr. M.C. Murry, who passed away during 2009-10.
Young doctors awarded
The Nagaland in-service doctors association on Friday recognized and awarded Dr. Imlikumzuk from CHC, Longkhim under Tuensang district and Dr. Neilasakho Linyü from PHC Ntuma under Peren district for their excellent services rendered towards rural health care.
The Nagaland in-service doctors’ association 2010 Rural Service Excellence Award was given during the general conference of NIDA at Hotel Japfü on Friday.
Rural service excellence award is an initiation of Nagaland in-service doctors association to identify deserving doctors working in rural sector, to motivate doctors and recognize and appreciate their commitment.

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