H&FW department obsessed with COVID: AMK

DIMAPUR, SEP 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/12/2020 12:20:01 PM IST

‘Patient dies at PMTI for want of emergency services’

Taking serious note of an incident at Para-Medical Training Institute (PMTI) Kohima, where a patient seeking health care had died in the OPD, the Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho (AMK) has slammed the Health & Family Welfare department for being more obsessed with COVID-19 than other emergency cases.

In a statement, AMK president Kevinourheno Seyie and general secretary Shürhivino Nakhro, while not denying that the new disease (COVID-19) had caused unprecedented challenges to the health care system around the world, expressed concern that despite several months into the crisis, no decisive strategy had been made to provide general health care to the poor especially in Kohima, forcing the poor patients to seek health care services in private hospitals, which was beyond their means.

It pointed out that the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) authority had issued an order on September 3 informing the public about the rollback of NHAK into normal public healthcare delivery service and also shifting of all Covid-19 sample testing, triage OPD/Flu OPD to TT stadium with effect from September 4. However, AMK said except shifting of the sample testing centre from NHAK, there was no resumption of general public health care services at NHAK. It said that only OPD services, without emergency services, was operational at the Para-Medical Training Institute (PMTI). 

Reminding that it had also raised several issues regarding lack of emergency and in-patient care services in government establishments for poor patients including cancer care and dialysis for renal failure patient, AMK pointed out that it was incumbent upon the government to ensure that no lives were lost for want of services in the district hospitals.

AMK said that after the death of a patient in the OPD of PMTI, it was learnt that PMTI was not equipped to deal with such emergencies. 

This incident has exposed a very tragic inadequacy and unpreparedness of the government healthcare facility, AMK stated. To this, the Krotho wondered how many loss of lives would it take for the Health & Family Welfare department and the NHAK to resume the public healthcare delivery service? 

The Krotho further demanded to know as to why services were not resumed despite repeated declaration that were made including the principal director of Health department? 

While stating that it was not vilifying any individual in position of authority, AMK however asserted that accountability should be fixed and the concerned authority and the government must ensure that no further lives were lost for want of health care facility or lack of decisive planning to provide appropriate health care facility.

It said that the state government and the Health department cannot continue to ignore the health care provision for poorer section of the society suffering from other ailments. 

The care and control of Covid-19 should continue but not at the cost of other patients, it added.

AMK said that the Covid crisis has rather exposed many shortcomings in the infrastructure of health care delivery system in Nagaland, adding it was time for the government roll up its sleeves and try to rectify what had been neglected for so long, and improve the health care infrastructure and facilities across the state.



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