Konyak bodies to oppose inauguration of Mon district hospital

DIMAPUR, JUN 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/11/2019 11:43:34 AM IST

While appreciating Neiphiu Rio for upgrading 100-bedded Mon district hospital when he was chief minister in 2013, all Konyak frontal organisations headed by Konyak Union (KU), Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) and Konyak Students’ Union (KSU) have resolved to oppose the inaugural programme of the incomplete and poorly-designed hospital building by Rio scheduled on June 27. 

In a statement, KU president S Howing Konyak alleged that despite investing a huge sum of money (Rs 21.26 crore) under National Health Mission (NHM), the building was not patient-friendly as its construction was not done as per the actual detailed project report (DPR). He said the hospital management committee had continuously pleaded before the agency concerned in this regard, but its plea was totally turned down.

Under the circumstances, he said the Konyak frontal organisations were compelled not to cooperate with the State government and warned that the inaugural programme would not be allowed until and unless its demand for rectification was met and rectified without delay.

The KU president said the organisations had jointly submitted a memorandum to the chief minister and sent its copies to Prime Minister’s Office at New Delhi and then Union minister for information. 

He said the memorandum had red flagged eight issues and called for their immediate resolution, failing which they had warned that the district hospital could not be allowed to go ahead and that they would be compelled to file public interest litigation seeking justice.

Pointing out that the hospital had only 65 regular staff, the memorandum had demanded sufficient number of regular staff, including nurses, technician, fourth grade employees, etc, besides posting doctors with specialisations.

The organisations had also alleged diversion of Rs one crore sanctioned for the hospital in 2018 under the Special State Plan, adding repeated appeals had been turned down by the health & family welfare minister.

They also quoted a Supreme Court verdict that ruled that no operation could be done in a hospital where there was no ICU, pointing out that the referral centre of the district hospital was Naga Hospital in Kohima, located 300 km away. 

Asserting that a 100-bedded hospital could not be managed without sufficient and proper diagnostic facilities, the bodies had also called for rectification of ramp and elevator as both the ramp and elevator at the new building were not patient-friendly. They alleged that ramp meant for taking serious patients on a trolley was very stiff and would require about 10 people to push the trolley.

Calling for rectification and installation of 67 missing air conditioners, the memorandum had alleged that though as per the DPR 90 Mitsubushi air conditioners were sanctioned, only 23 of these of very low quality had been installed till date. 

Stressing that ensuring continuous water supply and sufficient water storage facilities were essential in maintaining and keeping the hospital clean, the organisations said only 800 litres of water storage capacity had been installed and demanded installation of 40,000-litre water storage capacity.

The organisations also stated that mortuary unit equipments had not arrived till date, though these were clearly mentioned in the DPR. They demanded that the assigned agency should bring those sanctioned equipments within a stipulated time.  


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