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Government doctors should give best during office hours but should be allowed to use off hours freely: Dr Rhutso


NIDA hold annual conference-cum-general meeting

KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 30: MLA Dr Tsielhoutuo Rhutso said that Government doctors in the State should give their best service during the office hours and should be allowed to utilize their off hours as per their convenience.
Dr Rhutso made the remark while touching on State Government directing the in-service doctors availing Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) not to practice in private hospitals, during the annual conference-cum-general body meeting of Nagaland In-service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) at Hotel Japfu here.
He said the NIDA members, whether they enjoy NPA or not, should give the best health care service during their office hours but utilization of the off hours should be left to them if they want to practice in their own clinics, private hospitals or elsewhere.
In this, Dr Rhutso also asserted his fullest support as a legislator.
He also encouraged the health care providers, especially the Chief Medical Officers to happily accept transfer and posting as per the service rule and be in their places of posting.
Appreciating the State Government and the Health Department for making the first medical college functional and also coming up with better health care facilities, he however suggested that separation of the posts of Dean, Director and Chairman of the medical college for better administration and teaching, instead of one person holding 3 posts.
Further, the MLA urged the doctors to do away with tribalism but to give service to humanity through their noble profession.
Commissioner & Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, V Kezo, as special invitee, said the Department is confronted with some pressing issue but it cannot be over without the NIDA members coming together only after which the Department can have an earth-shaking impact on the health care delivery system in the State.
Saying that some of the Department’s challenging issues are first medical college and critical shortage of basic infrastructure, he stressed on innovative thinking to improve the Department.
He also suggested that the Department should recognise the frontline health care providers of COVID pandemic and recommend for Governor’s award during Independence and Republic Day celebrations.
He appealed to NIDA to enforce service norms on its members while also suggesting cadre review for in-service doctors.
Meanwhile, informing that the present Government under Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has decided to invest a huge amount in the medical sector, Kezo urged NIDA & Directorate of HFW to come together for the general welfare in a more effective way.
NIDA president Dr Bernard Amer, delivering the presidential address, said the Association comprises 436 members, encompassing all allopathic doctors, including dentists, employed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, irrespective of their employment status-whether regular or contractual.
Saying that NIDA mirrors the magnitude of HFW Department, which has witnessed a substantial increase in size over the years, he lamented that this growth has not kept pace with the burgeoning population, resulting in a significant shortage of trained doctors in the State.
The World Health Organization recommends a doctor-to-population ratio of 1:1000; however, in Nagaland it stands at a staggering 1:4056, he said.
Informing that NIDA has communicated urgent need for an increase in medical seats per year to the Government as a long-term measure, he said as a short-term solution, NIDA has been advocating for an extension of the superannuation age of doctors to retain more manpower within the Department.
“This ongoing issue is a focal point of our efforts and we remain optimistic that a resolution will be reached in the near future”, he said.
On the developmental front, he expressed happiness and gratitude to the Government for taking the effort to start and run the first medical college.
Saying that one of the primary goals of NIDA is to promote medical sciences and medical education in the State, Dr Amer observed that a significant portion of a doctor’s time is consumed by the execution and implementation of Centrally-sponsored health programmes.
“We find ourselves dedicating substantial efforts to completing these projects on time, often leaving minimal time for addressing our State-specific concerns. It is reiterated countless times that health is a State subject”, he said.
In this, he opined that NIDA must advocate for better and more State-centric policies and projects.
Principal Director of HFW Dr Ritu Thurr also exhorted the gathering.
Pastor of Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo, Arep Tsudir pronounced the invocation while CMO, Wokha, Dr Zuben Kikon enthralled the gathering with a special number
NIDA joint secretary Dr M Nukshisangla Jamir tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)