Dimapur, August 16: On the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day, members of the Kohima Press Club (KPC) visited and interacted with the staff and patients of the Leprosy Colony, Naga Bazar, Kohima, which currently has 10 in-patients including 9 men and 1 woman and 12 working staff.
Giving a brief status of the Leprosy Hospital, Atula, Non Medical Supervisor (NMS) said all the 10 patients have completed their treatment. She also said that most of the patients have no family in Kohima and that most of them have no contact with their relatives either.
She also disclosed that as rations for the patients have stopped from the government, they (patients) were surviving on the goodwill and benevolence of well wishers, churches and the generosity of the staff.
“We are happy working here with the patients. Most of the times, we come early in the morning and continue our work till late night and we have to be here even on Sundays,” said Atula who also appreciates the understanding, sincerity and the magnanimity of her staff.
An inmate of the hospital said they are being well taken care of and are happy and doing well with the treatment. He also appreciated the staff for their noble services rendered to the patients, and their generosity in providing with essential rations.
KPC president, Alice Yhoshü highlighted the purpose of the visit and expressed gladness in meeting the patients and staff of the hospital. She expressed dismay to learn that ration for patients were completely stopped from the government’s side, and that they are surviving on the generosity of wellwishers.
Yhoshü wished the patients good health and appreciated the staff for their services and urged them to continue to keep up the noble work.
Senior KPC members H K Chishi and Oken Jeet Sandham also raised some pertinent issues regarding the welfare of in-patients.
On the occasion, the KPC donated essential items including rice, pulses, eggs, potatoes, to the patients and staff of the hospital.
Altogether, 19 members participated in the charitable visitation. (Page News Service)