DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 11: The Nagaland Junior Doctor’s Association (NJDA) has raised questions over the Nagaland Government’s sincerity towards healthcare in the State.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the association stated that the recent recruitment drive by Health and Family Welfare department to enhance manpower is yet to see the light of day.
“Six months have elapsed since the interview was conducted for Medical Officers (MO) following the post creation by the government, the department is yet to complete the recruitment process,” it stated.
According to the NJDA, only 94 MOs and 15 specialists have been appointed on contract basis till date, and the remaining are yet to receive their appointment orders.
It pointed out that the department had advertised for a total of 168 MO posts and 15 specialist posts but the applicants for MOs were only 160, falling short by 8 candidates.
“So in spite of the fact that there is even shortage of doctors for the advertised posts, the government is not sincere enough to absorb all at the earliest. NJDA would like to point out that those posts were meant to cater the ongoing pandemic and mitigate the acute shortage of doctors in the State,” it stated.
The association appealed to the State Government to execute their commitment in letter and spirit and expedite the process “as it will not only address the ailing healthcare system in the rural areas but also strengthen the tertiary hospitals in the districts”. (Page News Service)