NPCC demands resumption of normal healthcare services

DIMAPUR, SEP 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/16/2020 12:19:23 PM IST

 Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie has demanded that government hospitals in the State should resume providing normal healthcare services to all.

Stating this through a press release, Therie said while ten persons have reportedly died due to COVID-19 so far, other patients were dying on a daily basis which the government should not ignore any more. He said people with other ailments were suffering much more than COVID-19 patients due to delay in receiving treatments. 
Therie suggested that entire government hospitals need not be used for COVID-19 patients but separate isolation wards be set up for COVID patients, as done in case of TB patients.
He alleged that declaring government hospitals as COVID-19 hospitals deprived people from availing free medical services despite both Central and State governments spending huge funds. He said these free healthcare services should be allowed to continue as it was not possible for poor people to afford private hospitals. Therie further alleged that Ayushman Bharat cards were being dishonoured by some private hospitals with complaints of non-payment. He stressed that both government and empanelled private hospitals should serve patients. 
Demanding that the agreement or agreed guidelines between the government and private hospitals should be made public so that patients know their rights, Therie said empanelled hospitals violating the guidelines or not doing justice to the patients should be removed from empanelment list. He also appealed to the patients not to remain silent either but report to Ayushman Bharat centre for necessary action. Therie also demanded that charges on medicines, surgery and other healthcare services should be controlled since price control was the government’s duty. 


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