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Money shouldn’t be barrier to serve humanity: Nicky

Money shouldn’t be barrier to serve humanity: Nicky
Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire with the members of NMSA. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/9/2019 11:04:28 AM IST

Considering frequent allegations of government doctors doing private practices in private nursing homes even after availing non-practising allowances from the government, Urban Development & Municipal Affairs adviser Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire advised Nagaland Medical Students Association (NMSA) members not to let money act as a barrier to serve humanity.

Addressing the 23rd general conference of the association at ATI here on Wednesday, Nicky recalled his time when operation theatres opened at 8 am. He, however, lamented that today even after 9.30 or 10 am the doctors were often not seen in OPD and by 1 pm many were seen in private nursing homes.  

Speaking on the theme “Learn to Serve Humanity”, he advised the medical students to learn to be humble if they really wanted to serve humanity and asked them not to join government service, if they desired to earn money.

He also asked the students to be prepared to work in any place of their posting, if they really meant to serve the people, urging them to be where they could deliver their best service to humanity and encouraged them not to be complacent with MBBS and go for specialisation.

Shortage of 287 specialist doctors

Speaking on the occasion, health & family welfare principal director Dr Vikeyie Losu said as per Indian Public Health Standard there was a shortage of 287 specialist doctors and about 130 general medical practitioners in the State. He these shortages could not be met at one time and expressed the hope that there would be a breakthrough very soon.

Mentioning that there were only few medical posts created in the State since 2008 (nine MBBS and 16 BDS posts), Losu said the department had proposed creation of 53 posts during cadre review and the matter was being processed.

He remarked that doctors could work with missionary zeal by reaching the poor, admitting that their patience and temperament were often put to test but reminded them to hold to the Bible as their guide.

The principal director observed that people had highest respect towards the doctors, adding expectations came along with the respect. He, therefore, asked the doctors to realise the nature of their profession, while urging them to dream big but with the will to serve the people too.

In his presidential address, NMSA president Lichumo Ezung stressed creation of more MBBS and BDS posts, increase in book grant, medical college, strict implementation of eligibility criteria of candidates, provision of medical library and sponsorship of medical students for post-graduates and higher studies.

Tali Angh presented a special song, while the programme was compeered by Onshong B Phom and Nokekuno Vizol.

 

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