Editorial

A welcome move

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/15/2018 12:40:34 PM IST

 Health care is a very crucial issue anywhere and its quality is also weighed heavily by the effectiveness of the system. Funding for health care in the north east is quite substantial and it remains among the priorities of the various state governments. The government of India has been allocating a lot of funds for health care. When compared to other Northeastern states, Nagaland fares very badly in terms of primary healthcare services utilisation. An earlier report by the National Family Health Survey 2016 highlights the dismal state of maternal and child healthcare in Nagaland. The state has the lowest proportion of pregnant women (25%) who have received antenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy. Even Bihar(35%), which has a poor reputation in delivery, surpassed Nagaland by 10% points. A ranking of the North eastern states on key maternal and child health and healthcare indicators invariably placed Nagaland at the bottom of the list. Nagaland is ranked the lowest among all of Northeast in case of institutional delivery and full immunisation coverage. Unlike other Northeastern states, Nagaland has registered no gains from India’s flagship National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) between 2006 and 2016 even after being a focus of the programme. Instead, large scale corruption was alleged to have taken place under National Rural Health Mission(NRHM). In institutional delivery(2016) Mizoram tops the list , followed by Sikkim, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam then Nagaland. Even in Full Immunisation programme(2016) Sikkim tops the list followed by Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland at the bottom of the list. Nagaland has spent huge sums on health but on the ground much is left to be desired. An indicator of a likely remedy against poor infrastructure has been the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the government of Nagaland with Tata Trusts for providing a comprehensive cancer care in the state in order to build public healthcare system to make cancer care accessible and affordable. The Northeast India is recorded to have the highest prevalence of 16 forms of cancer in both male and female, and Nagaland figures among the top of the list. However, patients from Nagaland had to go outside the state for treatment due to lack of cancer care services in the state. The MoU was signed between the Health & Family Welfare department and Tata Trusts from Mumbai, for a partnership to set up the Nagaland Cancer Care Foundation(NCCF). According to official sources, the collaboration will build on the public healthcare system to make cancer care accessible and affordable. The proposed NCCF will be a three –tier model of treatment delivery where the present Naga Hospital Authority(NHA) will be developed including building capabilities in district hospitals at Mon, Mokokchung, Phek and Tuensang. These district hospitals will be offering confirmatory diagnostics and follow up treatment besides palliative care for convenience of patients. The NCCF will provide latest medical facilities so that prevalence based treatment can be provided at par with latest globally accepted treatment standards. As per the MoU, the Tata Trusts will also convene a diverse group of oncologists from renowned institutions globally and cancer hospital to attach to the National Cancer Grid. As Nagaland has the highest per capital burden of cancer in India, the collaboration between the state and Tata Trusts will certainly be a win-win situation. 

 

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