Angami Students’ Union (ASU) and Nagaland Medicine Dealers’ Association (NMDA) have come out in support to Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) proposed three-day agitation programme scheduled from Monday over the issue of increasing superannuation age of government doctors.
ASU: Angami Students’ Union said it supported NIDA for outrightly rejecting the State government’s decision for re-employment of retired doctors for two years, insisting the service extension of doctors from 60 to 62 years and its agitation programme as a mark of resentment. ASU in a press release implored the State government to concede to the genuine demands of NIDA vis-à-vis other States regarding enhancement of superannuation age of doctors.
It wondered and questioned why the government was still adamant on requisitioning the required doctors’ posts and failing to conduct timely examination, which was depriving the unemployed doctors.
According to ASU, acute shortage of doctors in government health institutions was adversely affecting public healthcare system, particularly affecting the poor and needy people. It also expressed concern over the snail pace of development of the two proposed medical colleges, both in terms of infrastructure as well as outsourcing human resources and urged the government to expedite the projects on a war footing to make the dream of medical colleges in Nagaland a reality as assured in the recently-concluded session of Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
To mitigate the shortage of doctors and ensure timely commencement of the medical colleges, ASU cautioned that besides its support to the agitation, it could also come out against the State government if the genuine demands of NIDA were not met at the earliest.
NMDA: While extending support to NIDA, Nagaland Medicine Dealers’ Association (NMDA) through its joint secretary (media cell in-charge) Arijit Sharma flagged the issue of acute shortage of doctors in the State.
NMDA pointed out that while the WHO-recommended doctor-population ratio is 1:1,000, it was 1:1,700 in India and 1:4,658 in Nagaland, which was testimony to the shortage of doctors in the State.
NMDA emphasised that it was high time to fill up the vacancies by recruiting new, young and dynamic doctors in the State as well as increase the retirement age of doctors to enable them to continue rendering service to the public.
The association regretted that even after the announcement of increasing the retirement age of Central government doctors to 65 years by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26, 2016 at Saharanpur, UP, no step had been taken by the State government in this regard.
NMDA further mentioned that for the two upcoming medical colleges in Kohima and Mon districts, a huge number of doctors would be required. It opined that if the medical colleges materialise by this year, there could be an acute shortage of doctors, which was a reason for panic. Also, the three newly-created districts would lead to more vacancies.
Hence, NMDA appealed to the State government to take up the matter in a proper perspective and agree to the proposal of NIDA in the interest of the public and the State.