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HC orders DoHFW to explain deployment of medical personnel

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, APRIL 20: Pointing out the “glaring” instance of 10 doctors being attached to Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) from other health centres of the State, the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has ordered the Principal Secretary for Health & Family Welfare to file an affidavit explaining why no medical personnel were posted at some health centres while medical personnel, including doctors, were attached elsewhere rather than their place of posting.
In yet another hearing in connection with a suo moto Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in 2021 against the State’s Health Department and District Task Forces (formed by the Government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic), the Bench of Justices Songkhupchung Serto and Nelson Sailo on Wednesday maintained that existence of CHCs, PHCs and sub-centres without any or adequate number of medical personnel do not serve any purpose.
Therefore, they directed the Principal Secretary to file the explanatory affidavit.
“Along with what has been stated above, the Principal Secretary shall also mention the number of doctors posted in the Medical Directorate along with their designations and assignments”, they ordered.
During the hearing, the Counsel for the petitioner (Amicus Curia), Senior Advocate Taka Masa, as requested by the Court, presented a chart showing the posting and attachment of medical personnel including doctors at CHCs, PHCs and sub-centres in the districts of Peren, Mon, Phek, Longleng and at NHAK.
“On closer perusal of the chart, we find that some of the doctors posted at some CHCs and PHCs are on study-leave or are attached at some other places. We also find that some of the medical personnel are attached somewhere else than the place where they are posted, leaving their place of posting without any replacement.
“Further, we also find that some of the sub-centres are without any medical personnel. One more thing that is very glaring is that ten doctors are attached to Naga Hospital, Kohima, from elsewhere”, the Bench noted.
They listed the matter to be heard again on May 18.
(Page News Service)