Changtongya town residents threaten indefinite bandh

DIMAPUR, SEP 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/2/2018 1:08:21 PM IST

People of Changtongya town have threatened to enforce an indefinite bandh from October 2 by blocking national highway 62 and Longleng road, if the PDA government did not heed to their demand for posting more doctors at Community Health Centre (CHC).

In a statement, T Meyi  Longkumer, chairman of All Ward Union, Changtongya Town, said that while at least five doctors were required, there was only one Ayush doctor posted at the CHC currently.

Stating that the people of Changtongya appreciated Dr Wapang (Ayush doctor) for his dedication and tireless service, he added there was a dentist too who visited the CHC once a week all the way from Mokokchung, which was 45 km away from the town, once a week though she should come twice a week. And apart from the duo, there was no other doctor, he alleged. 

Longkumer said one doctor serving at the health centre was transferred to another place without any replacement, while, on enquiry, it was found that other doctors were attached at Kohima.

The chairman claimed that people of Changtongya had submitted many applications and representations to higher authorities seeking doctors at the CHC and had even personally met the authority concerned at Kohima, but with little positive result. 

According to him, the general public of the town were longing to reap the benefits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of clean India and life saving initiatives through opening of medical colleges and health institutions in all districts. But they lamented that all the PDA government could do was post a lone Ayush doctor to look after the 30-bedded hospital, which was “beyond human imagination and a surprising thing in this modern advanced world.”

Mentioning that Measles-Rubella Campaign, 2018 would begin from October 3, the statement pointed out that a single Ayush doctor would have to supervise the campaign in seven villages under the CHC, 11 wards of Changtongya town, 22 schools and 21 Anganwadi centres. 

Longkumer said National Service Extension Block was inaugurated at Changtongya on October 2, 1955 and, after attaining of statehood, one Primary Heath Centre (PHC) was opened. And in course of time due to rapid population growth in and around Changtongya town, the PHC was upgraded to CHC, which was formally inaugurated in 1988. The PHC was upgraded to CHC as it covered entire Longleng and Tamlu sub-division at that point of time, he added.


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