Thursday, August 18, 2022

Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association demand: Naga Mothers’ Association seeks Governor intervention

Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has expressed concern on the unresolved demand of NIDA over superannuation and has sought the attention of governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi for immediate intervention on the matter.
In a memorandum NMA through its president Abei-Ü Meru and joint secretary Malsawmthangi Leyri, pointed out that increasing the retirement age of doctors in the country to 65 years, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2016, was done due to acute shortage of doctors in the country. It said, almost all States, including the neighbouring Northeastern States, had increased the retirement age of doctors.
The NMA memorandum expressed shock that the State government continue to put the lives of citizens at risk by refusing to retain the services of experienced doctors as per the Prime Minister’s directive and instead decided on re-employment, which is a denial of the rights of medical profession.
NMA said creation of five new districts in the State and setting up two medical colleges in Kohima and Mon will require more doctors. In lieu of this, NMA said the state government was expected to create more posts of doctors and also retain services of the experienced medical officers by increasing the superannuation age to help the State meet the shortage of medical practitioners.
According to NMA the NIDA had only asked for enhancement of superannuation age to 62 years and hence the government’s decision for “re-employment” was not tenable and was in serious violation of the directive of Prime Minister. NMA also pointed out that as mothers, they have been active participants in ensuring better health services and proper implementation of schemes for women through NRHM like JSY and JSSK.
In this regard, NMA said it has been submitting letters and memorandums to authorities, including former governors of the State besides filing public interest litigations (PILs) for better healthcare and accountability through the high court and Supreme Court.
NMA said due to its PILs, many health centres, district hospitals, community health centres, primary health centres, etc, in different parts of the State were having better facilities today but that acute shortage of doctors was still prevalent.
NMA declared its full support to the NIDA’s demand and hoped that the governor would immediately review the tense situation and ensure justice and implementation of the Prime Minister’s announcement in Nagaland where many continued to survive amidst poor healthcare facilities and shortage of doctors and other healthcare professionals.


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