Wednesday, October 5, 2022

A tribute to Dr. K.K. Angami on her 9th death anniversary

Dr. Khrielieü Kire (12 January, 1918 – 11 September, 2013) the first Naga lady Doctor, fondly known by the name Dr. K.K. Angami, was a Naga bureaucrat and a great, if not the greatest philanthropist of her time.
Born into a Kire Angami Naga family in Kohima village, Nagaland, Dr. Kire was the eldest child of four children of Mr. Zetsovi Kire and Mrs. Neikuonuo Kire.
According to her younger brother Mr. Vatsümvü Kirekha, a Retired Director, Soil and Water Conversation Department, Government of Nagaland, Dr. Kire did her early schooling from Mission School Kohima and matriculated from Government High School, Shillong.
Her love for humanity especially the poor and the needy was enough to convince her to choose the path of her exemplary life. She studied and completed Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery (LMS) from Women’s Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, and became the first Naga lady Doctor.
She then served as Medical Officer at Ganesh Das Medical Hospital, Shillong. By 1957, while still serving at the hospital, the authority trusting her sincerity and passion encouraged her to pursue further medical course. She thus completed MBBS from Dibrugarh Medical College.
Later, when Nagaland attained statehood, Dr. K.K Angami served the state department of Health and Family Welfare in various capacity and retired as the Director. She went on to serve the department, at the request of the government, for some period even after her official retirement.
Dr. K.K. Angami, in all humbleness, dedicated her entire life to the service and uplift of the poor and needy. Dr.Kire, an earnest, devout Christian and a godly woman who lived a blameless life remained and died unmarried only to help the downtrodden. During her life time, she sponsored and helped many poor students and orphans. Yet she never wanted people to know what she did for the poor and needy.
It is a known fact that even her family and relatives did not know the people who were helped by the Doctor. It was her wish that the work she did for the poor be not made known even after she would be no more. Such a true giver she was, a philanthropist who genuinely helped the poor and needy but never sought fame or glory. She was truly like Florence Nightingale or Mother Teresa to the Naga people. There are many in our society today who would personally not hesitate to speak of how the act of love and kindness of Dr.Kire changed thier lives.
Late Doctor K K Angami now calmly rests beneath a marble tombstone that reads, “She lived a simple life, never wondered away from truth, honesty and God” in her family cemetery at D.Khel, Kohima village.
Pekingto Y. Jimo
Kuhoxu village, Niuland