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Mumbai doctors lament poor health infrastructure in Nagaland

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 12 (NPN)
Published on 13 May. 2015 1:33 AM IST
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Visiting doctors from  the Rotary Club of  Mumbai who have been conducting free medical camps in and currently at NHAK , expressed deep disappointment at the “poor health infrastructures” in Nagaland and stressed on the need to provide financial assistance to the poor and needy patients.
The candid confessions was  made to Nagaland Post, here Tuesday, at an exclusive interview with the members.
The seven-member team comprising of highly qualified and specialist doctors from Mumbai returned to Kohima from Peren, after conducting free medical camp,  under the initiative of  Governor P.B. Acharya. The team will be conducting a three-day free medical camp at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK).
Gynaecologist and general physician Dr. Hanmanth Rao Palep revealed that owing to poor infrastructure, certain operations could not conducted. In this regard, he felt that government needed to provide  financial   assistance to poor patients . He said  funds released by the central government do not reach the poor people and absence of medical charity for the poor in the state.
He also noted that key problem areas observed during the medical camps included- high consumption of tobacco, lack of awareness on abortion, malnutrition, inadequate medical facilities, hygiene issues and lack of DOTS program for people suffering from tuberculosis. Giving a brief account on the free medical camp held in the District Hospital Peren on May 9,  orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Karma Raj Singh said that maximum number of bone cases were found in Peren . He expressed concern over the lack of medicines and even basic items such as plaster material. 
While lauding doctors in Nagaland for their patriotism towards the state, Dr.Singh however said the health  infrastructure needed  to be reviewed, analyzed and uplifted. He also highlighted the problems faced by patients who had to be referred outside for treatment. Dr.Singh said unless the state government provided logistic support, it would be too costly for the patients to go outside. Dr. Singh described the current medical team as  a “good will delegation” which aimed at instilling self-sustenance, provide  guidelines and to find facts for future needs of the patients in Nagaland.
General and breast cancer surgeon Dr. Reshma Palep recalled, that in Peren, a number of the women had undergone abortions a number of times and suffered   excessive bleeding as a consequence. She felt that there was urgent need to create awareness about health of women in rural areas. 
Obesity and laparoscopic surgeon-robotic Dr. Jaydeep Palep said   patients who were examined by the visiting doctors, were asked whether they wanted to be referred or get  central assistance, he said several said they preferred to seek treatment in places like Calcutta, Bombay or Guwahati.   Dr. Palep also expressed willingness to send doctors to Nagaland to train  or provide any help  required, in future for the Cancer institute   in Dimapur.
Team Convenor  Rotarian Babulal B Todi said that the free medical camps conducted across Peren, Jalukie and Kohima was to  advocate that “India is one” by caring for each other and to impart skills, technical support and partial funds. He also said that the team would be interacting state government officials on May 13.
Todi said  the team had submitted “a report of observation” to the Governor and felt that it implemented, could help to tremendously reduce the cost of health care in future.   The doctors expressed willingness to return to Nagaland for conducting  free medical camp in future.

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