Nagaland’s Health & Family Welfare Minister P Longon has admitted that despite having 566 healthcare centres in the State, the healthcare delivery system is not satisfactory.
Inaugurating the two-day golden jubilee celebration of the Nagaland Medical Students’ Association in Kohima on 21st October, the Minister urged the future doctors to take their assignment as a challenge and serve the people irrespective of their postings and facilities available.
He said the future doctors, with few instruments, would find the joy of serving the people even in the remotest part of the State only if they worship their work and serve the people whole heartedly.
Longon also appealed to the gathering of the would-be doctors and in-service medical practitioners of the State to introspect seriously and render quality healthcare to the people.
He also urged the medical officers and students to help the government in streamlining the Health Department and not indulge in private practices while being an employee of the government.
Meanwhile, thanking the Central Government for approving a medical college at Kohima, the Minister asserted that the State Government was trying through every possible means to make it a reality and start the first academic session by 2016-17.
Longon expressed the hope that commencement of the medical college in the State Capital would reduce the outflow of patients from Nagaland to other parts of the country for treatment, and thereby improve the State’s fiscal health.
He also asked the doctors in the State to reach a level of competence that is considered minimum as laid down by the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
The Minister also appealed to all the future doctors to strive for knowledge and skills in order to become successful professionals so that people will get maximum benefit.