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Nagaland in-service doctors intensify stir; mass leave affects health services

The Nagaland In-service Doctors Association (NIDA) on Monday intensified its protests as they started 2nd phase of agitation against the government. The association earlier announced 3-day mass casual leave from

The Nagaland In-service Doctors Association (NIDA) on Monday intensified its protests as they started 2nd phase of agitation against the government.

The association earlier announced 3-day mass casual leave from April 18 if the government fails to increase superannuation age of doctors.

Following the protest, scores of patient were seen lined up at the Naga Hospital emergency department affecting the state health sector as all routine OPDs remained shut today.

The state government has deployed the police and the district administration at the hospital to monitor the situation.

During the three days of protest, all the routine OPDs will remain closed. However, all serious/emergency patients and already admitted patients in ward/ICU will be treated as usual by the concerned department doctors.

Meanwhile, emergency department/Casualty and ICU will be open 24/7 to see and treat all serious cases and admit patients if required. All consultants and doctors will be in station and available round the clock to attend to any medical/ surgical emergencies arising during this period. Children and COVID immunization and COVID testing will also be open.

However, the Angami Students Union, a federating unit of Naga Students Federation, has rejected the resolution adopted by the NSF and extended its support to the demands NIDA.

Co-convener, Core Committee of the Angami Students Union Khrielievi Chusi, informed that it has deployed volunteers in all the Angami jurisdictions and are monitoring all the government hospitals, PHCs, CHCs to ensure that no patient is denied treatment.

NIDA claimed that Nagaland was the only State in the country without a medical college. According to NIDA, World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended a doctor-population ratio of 1: 1000, whereas it was 1: 4,056 in the State, as compared to the national average of 1: 1,445.

Further, the requirement of doctors in the country is about 10 lakhs, while the annual production was only 70,000 per year.

The association said the requirement for doctors in the State was 2,073 as per WHO recommendation, whereas 1,118 doctors were registered with Nagaland Medical Council (NMC) as on date, the shortfall being 955.

To address the shortage of doctors in the State, NIDA recalled that it had been pursuing the issue of enhancing the superannuation of age of doctors, in line with the Central government policy announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the State Government since 2016.

 

First Published: 18th April, 2022 18:32 IST

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