KOHIMA, DECEMBER 2: Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare, P Paiwang Konyak today inaugurated the blood component separation, blood centre; TB culture & drug susceptibility testing laboratory and trauma care centre (TCC) at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK).
With these, NHAK has become the first Government hospital to have the license for blood component separation and level-II trauma care centre.
In his inaugural address, Minister Konyak said these facilities will provide a multi-speciality approach to trauma victims and fight towards decreasing the rate of mortality and disability of the victims and also spread awareness, preparedness and response to such incidents in order to lessen their impact on the victims.
He said the much-needed license for blood components has materialised for which a lot of required equipments were provided by NHM and NHAK Authority.
Maintaining that in 2022-2023, the Minister informed that Nagaland collected 12,923 units of blood as against the national level target of 15,000, which shows a deficit of 2,077 units, Konyak however, expressed confidence that with the component separation patients will no longer have to go to Dimapur to collect platelets or fresh frozen plasma.
He also stated that this year has been very challenging for patients, who had suffered from Dengue, since many patients had to go to Dimapur to collect platelets.
He hoped that the Culture & Drug Susceptibility Lab in NHAK will serve the purpose of detecting not only Multi Drug Resistant cases but also the extensively drug resistant Tuberculosis cases in Nagaland.
He called upon all health service providers to ensure that ‘Detect, Treat, Build and Prevent’ strategy is applied and put their best efforts to achieve TB free Nagaland as per the national target to eliminate TB by 2025.
On Trauma Care Centre, the Minister informed that NHAK, which has the Referral Status, with a bed capacity of 350 beds, has been selected as Level II Trauma Centre and will now provide definitive care for severe trauma victims.
He said emergency physicians, surgeons, orthopaedicians and anaesthetists have already been stationed to cater to the needs of trauma victims.
The Level III Trauma Centre in Dimapur District Hospital with a bed capacity of 100 to 200 beds will now provide initial evaluation and stabilization to the trauma patient, while for Level I Trauma Centre, it is only for Medical College Hospitals with more than 500 beds, he informed.
Citing the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways data, which reported Nagaland ranks in the 24th among all States in India with respect to trauma injuries during the year 2019 to 2022, Konyak said there was a desperate need in the State for a proper dedicated trauma care centre to cater to this ever-growing spectrum of a neglected disease.
In this, he thanked the Government of India for the timely support provided and was optimistic that the Trauma Team at NHAK, will be able to attend to traumatic injuries more dedicatedly and efficiently.
Meanwhile, stating that with all these facilities in place, Konyal urged the Medical Department
that it must aim at making significant improvements at various levels of health facilities in providing trauma, emergency medical services in a coordinated manner.
The Minister along with health officials also inspected the new semi private cabin in NHAK.
Chaired by Principal Director of HFW, Dr Ritu Thurr, the programme commenced with prayer by NHAL chaplain Vikepu Tepa while Commissioner & Secretary, V Kezo delivered the welcome address and NHAK Managing Director Dr Sendimeren Aonok tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)