Dimapur, April 11: Against the backdrop of the imbroglio between Nagaland Government and the Nagaland In-service Doctors Association (NIDA) over the latter’s demand for enhancement of superannuation age, the Nagaland Medical Students’ Association (NMSA) has underscored the need to prevent any dilution of the recruiting machinery by regularization of contractual services.
The NMSA issued a press release on Sunday highlighting the importance of recruiting qualified and well trained medical doctors through open NPSC examination. It also expressed sadness at the “recent imbroglio created by the strife between the NIDA and the State Government.
It appealed for an amicable solution between the warring parties in the best interest of the general public without any hindrance in providing health services.
“The NMSA applauds the State Government’s sincere efforts in materializing the recent upgradation and creation of new post in the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the mass recruitment held in 2020 to fill the void created by the shortage of health service providers during the pandemic speaks for itself. However, to maintain the standard of medical profession, all appointments made contractually should be streamlined in batches by requisitioning those contractual posts to NPSC in the next 5 years so that the current holders of those contractual post and new medical graduates would have the equal opportunity to render their service to public,” it stated.
The association also reminded that every year at least 60 Naga MBBS doctors are produced from various medical colleges in the country and abroad, with at least 300 students undergoing MBBS course in various years.
With about 250 plus MBBS doctors vying for a handful of government medical officer posts when advertised through NPSC, there is no dearth of takers, it stated.
(Page News Service)