NEAN calls off stir for 15 days after assurances from H&FW minister

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/16/2020 1:02:54 PM IST

National Health Mission Employees Association Nagaland (NEAN)which went on a indefinite total cease work from June 14, has decided to temporarily withdraw the agitation for 15 days with effect from June 16.

Disclosing this in a press statement issued by NEAN president Dr. Shasinlo Magh and general secretary Kewetso Kenye said NEAN executive at a meeting decided to temporarily suspend the cease work following a meeting with minister of health and family welfare S.Pangnyu Phom on June 16. 

NEAN said the minister after giving a patient hearing to the grievances and demands of the employees, assured that he would fulfil their demands. NEAN said the minister appealed to the executive to give time to the government so that the department (DoHFW) could work out the modalities of the demands then come out with written proposal.

In the press statement, NEAN said it had considered the appeal to resolve the issue and also in the interest of public keeping in mind the present unprecedented COVID-19 crisis in the state.

NEAN also expressed deep regret for the inconveniences caused to public due to the call for cease work but thanked them for their cooperation and support .NEAN also thanked all district units for their support and cooperation during the cease work.

The demands of the association include regularisation of services of the state NHM employees, pay parity (equal pay for equal work) with state health employees of same rank and all basic employees benefit in line with the health and family welfare department employees.

NMSA flays appts, regularisation sans NPSC exam

Nagaland Medical Students’ Association (NMSA) expressed shock at controversial decision of Health & Family Welfare department in dispensing with rules and procedures in appointment of Medical Officers (MO) without appearing for Nagaland Public Service (NPSC) exam and simultaneously regularising their services. While understanding the need of special measures in current times, NMSA through its president Kuveluzo Chizo asserted that it stood for fair and unbiased opportunity for every medical graduate.

 NMSA also noted that the ongoing pandemic had exposed lapses in state the healthcare system with shortage of health workers resulting in chaos. While NMSA, said there was urgent need for trained healthcare providers yet hasty decisions taken to bridge the gap only shocked many quarters. NMSA said there was shortage of doctors in public sector despite more than 350 non-government MBBS doctors with 250-plus MBBS graduates vying for a handful of MO posts through NPSC exams. 

NMSA also said approximately 300 students were undergoing medical courses in various medical colleges across the country and abroad. 

Further NMSA clarified that there was no dearth of doctors in the State and, if given an opportunity to serve the public, no doctor would back away from the responsibility expected. 

NMSA opined that no new posts were being created and also due to tough competition in securing permanent government jobs, only 104 MOs were appointed through NPSC and contract regularisation since 2011. 

NMSA therefore, called for conduct of NPSC exams to provide fair and equal opportunity to every medical graduate with precautionary measures like social distancing while conducting exams to combat the pandemic.


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