Dimapur, September 16: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has called for resumption of health services for all in Government hospitals.
In a press release, NPCC president K Therie stated that declaring Government hospitals as COVID-19 Hospitals has deprived the people of free medical services. While ten COVID-19 patients have been reported death in the State “other patients are dying on a daily basis,” he lamented.
“Government should not ignore anymore. The situation is worsening with other ailments much more than Covid-19 because of delay in prevention and treatment. Six months suffering in bed without medical attention, one can imagine what would happen to the patient. The entire Government Hospitals need not be used for Covid-19. Covid-19 patients may have isolation wards as is in the case of TB,” he said.
Stating that it is not possible for all poor people to afford private hospitals, he pointed out that even for minor surgery, the charges are unaffordable in private hospitals. “The bills surge anywhere from Rs 30,000 upwards to in terms of lakhs,” he said.
Alleging that Ayushman Bharat cards are dishonoured by some hospitals with complaint for non-payment, he said, “Perhaps there is an agreement between the Govt and empanelled Hospitals. Both Govt and empanelled Hospitals should serve patients beyond their prescription. Service to humankind in need is service to God. The agreement or agreed guidelines should be made public, so that patients know their rights. If any empanelled hospital(s) are violating or not doing justice to the patients, they should be removed from empanelment. Patients should not remain silent either but should report to Ayushman Bharat Centre for necessary action.”
“Price control is the duty of the Government. Charges on medicines, surgery and other health services should be controlled,” he added. (Page News Service)