Friday, August 19, 2022

Doctors’ Day: State govt awards 10 ‘best performing’ doctors


Altogether 10 ‘best performing doctors’ from across the State were awarded under Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY here on Friday on the occasion of ‘National Doctors’ Day’.
The awardees included senior specialist (surgical oncology) of Wokha District Hospital (DH) Dr Imkongsanen, MO (general GDMO) of House of Hope, Tuensang, Dr C Noksen Sangla, junior specialist (general surgery) of Phek DH Dr Shevosa Vese, BL MO (general GDMO) of Noklak DH Dr Chongya, SMO (obstetrics and gynaecology) of Mon DH Dr Aman Konyak, MO (anaesthesiology) Lemjem Hospital, Mokokchung Dr Imsulemba Jamir, junior specialist (general surgery) of Longleng DH Dr L Khyothungo Yanthan, MO (radiation oncology) of NHAK Dr Zuchamo Patton, MO (general GDMO) of Kiphire DH Dr Holiba A Anar and consultant (radiation oncology) of CIHSR, Dimapur Dr Shirley T Leivon.
Giving away the awards at a function held at the Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) directorate on the theme “Family Doctors on the Frontline”, PWD (Housing and Mechanical) minister Tongpang Ozukum congratulated the awardees and reminded them of their responsibilities and the public expectations from them as doctors.
He acknowledged the selfless services of doctors towards humanity during trying times like Covid-19 pandemic, saving thousands of lives.
He also urged them to ensure that the world’s largest health scheme Ayushman-Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) benefited the targeted people.
Mentioning that both doctors and politicians took oath, Ozukum however pointed out that a mistake of a politician could be rectified, but a mistake of a doctor could claim a human life.
He urged them to be more dedicated and sincere in their services and experience the joy of having the privilege to serve the needy people.
Sharing the significance of the day, Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) president Dr Joyce Angami said Doctors’ Day was observed on different days across the world to appreciate and recognise the role of doctors in society.
She mentioned that Doctors’ Day was celebrated in India on July 1 every year to commemorate Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy’s contribution towards the advancement of medical science in the country and also show gratitude to doctors for their efforts in achieving the highest health standards in the society.
She claimed that, as frontline workers, the doctors had been working tirelessly to ensure the safety of patients by putting their own lives at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic and working round-the-clock, missing out on their own personal breaks and family events many a times.
Asserting that doctors’ role had become ever more demanding over the past two years following the outbreak of the pandemic, Joyce admitted that a single day alone was not enough to express gratitude. Nonetheless, this will help raise awareness in a layman not to forget the doctor who helped him fight his battle, she added.
She reminded the citizens that doctors deserved to be respected and treated with kindness for the challenges they faced every day as she paid tribute to all doctors who lost their lives in the battle.
In her brief address, H&FW secretary Asangla Imti explained that under National Health Policy, hospitals performing well under Ayushman Bharat were shortlisted and nominated from the respective districts.
While congratulating the awardees, Imti clarified that the nomination/selection did not undermine role of other doctors who were also tirelessly working, adding the awards were meant to encourage all doctors equally.
Stressing that observation, reason, human understanding, courage and faith made a physician, she encouraged the doctors to wear the white coat with dignity, pride and humbleness and taking the profession as a privilege to serve the people for, only a doctor was bestowed with the ability heal others and was the only hope when all hopes were lost.
H&FW principal director Dr K Vikato Kinimi delivered greetings on the occasion.
The programme was chaired by H&FW director (health) Dr Visasieu Kire, while mission director (HM) Dr Thorhusie Katiry proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Viketoulie Pienyü presented a special song on the occasion.


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