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Urgent need for more hospital beds in Dimapur: Kikheto

Kikheto at Faith Hospital
Nodal Officer for Dimapur District to manage COVID-19 activities, Y Kikheto Sema IAS interacting with the Mangement of Faith Hospital, Dimapur

Dimapur, May 14: Nodal Officer for Dimapur District to manage COVID-19 activities, Y Kikheto Sema IAS has asserted the urgent need to create more hospital beds in Dimapur District with the ever increasing number of COVID-19 cases here.
Kikheto made the observation after visiting health institutions in and around Dimapur and after interacting with the management and health care workers at these hospitals.

At the health institutions, the nodal officer also called upon the doctors, nurses and staff to be mentally prepared for the worst even with the existing facilities and infrastructure.
Earlier in the day, Y Kikheto Sema, accompanied by DC Dimapur Rajesh Soundararajan and Deputy CMO Dr Antoly Swu visited the AR Composite Hospital at Shoxuvi and interacted with the team of doctors and staff led by DIG Dr AC Bhardwajan. The team was briefed on the infrastructure and the existing facilities at the 50 bedded Covid designated hospital. The nodal officer suggested for finding ways to accommodate more beds to cater to the patients from neighbouring villages. Dr Bhardwajan said he would put up the matter to the higher authorities.
At Police Hospital Chumukedima, DIG Aotemsu briefed the nodal officer on the plan to make the halth centre functional at the earliest. Kikheto urged the Nagaland Police led by DIG Aotemsu to use the existing facilities of manpower to make the police hospital accommodate at least 30 beds by way of making make-shift arrangements.
Kikheto said that Nagaland Police has never let down the image of the state in any way and therefore appealed to the police personnel present at the Police hospital to be mentally prepared to face the worst of crisis. He said the present staff of 4 doctors and 12 nurses should start managing the PHC and if the need arose, other medical personnel from Nagaland Police can be drawn to Chumukedima from other battalions.
The team also visited Zion Hospital and Research Centre and interacted with the management and staff there. The team was told that the hospital had kept 6 beds for COVID-19 patients, which would start operations soon. However the nodal officer requested the hospital authorities to reserve at least 10 beds for COVID-19 patients and to start functioning from Saturday. He said that COVID-19 was spreading so fast that it was important for health care institutions to give priority to COVID related cases.
At Faith Hospital Dimapur, Managing Director Dr Sukhato Sema told the visiting team that out of the existing 70 beds, 41 beds have been reserved for COVID-19 patients. The team was also briefed about the make-shift arrangements being carried out at the hospital premises to accommodate more patients. Dr Sukhato Sema expressed willingness to convert the entire hospital beds and facilities for COVID-19 purposes if the need arose. Kikheto Sema appreciated the gesture and said that such humanitarian approach will go a long way in boosting the morale of those working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19, informed a release issued by the media cell, Team Dimapur for Covid activities.

The team also visited Eden Hospital and interacted with the management and staff at the hospital. Here, the nodal officer was briefed by the management on the difficulties of accommodating COVID-19 patients. However the nodal officer suggested the management to look at the possibilities of setting up make-shift and temporary structures to meeting the requirements of handling COVID patients. The Government is supporting all the private hospitals who are admitting Covid-19 patients by providing oxygen cylinder and oxygen concentrators etc to facilitate the private hospitals, he said.
(Page News Service)