DC Kiphire Mohammed Ali Shahab, IAS addressing the gathering at the World Population Day programme held at Hopongkyu Memorial Hall on July 11. (Morung Photo)
Crumbling infrastructure, lack of facilities threatens health sector
Morung Express News
Kiphire | July 11
Kiphire is the most backward in health sector since it does not have the basic facilities like ultrasound, x-ray and also gynecologists, pediatricians and the list goes on, lamented the District Deputy Commissioner, Mohammed Ali Shahab, IAS while addressing the gathering at the World Population Day programme held at Hopongkyu Memorial Hall on July 11.
With great concern the DC mentioned that “the health sector in the district is not insufficient but completely at the minimum level. The basic human right is completely denied not only in the villages but even in the district headquarter” He appealed to the department to take up the issue on war footing which is the main concern for all.
“To envision better and prosperous tomorrow,” the DC said, “advocacy is not going to solve the problem without upgrading and strengthening the infrastructure from the grassroot level.” He added that a child should get quality life and not disabled life and towards this there should be proper maternity and child health facility which is missing in the district.
Also speaking on the theme of the day ‘Start a meaningful tomorrow with family planning’, the DC asked the gathering and civil societies to take the message forward.
Acknowledging his roles and responsibilities as the DC of the District, he said, “in many cases the doctors in the district are handicapped as there are no equipments, no proper drugs and medicine, except stethoscope and when the patients are referred to Kohima or Dimapur they have to travel in bad road conditions for 9-10 hours which is very fractionating and even reaching in many cases they have to wait for doctors which is more frustrating.”
“Let this programme be an eye opener for the department,” he stated.
Speaking on the significant of the day, Dr Bendangla Longkumer, Addl Director Department of Health & Family Welfare said, the celebration of the world population day will go on till July 24 and also stressed on the importance of family planning for quality survival and why early marriage is not advisable.
Dr Tinurenla Anichari while giving the welcome note highlighted in the activities that is going to take up during the celebrating of the World Population Day. Ville Rhetso, who spoke on the role of NGO in promoting family planning appealed to the NGOs present to partner with the government for promoting family planning. R. Tsitongse, General Secretary, United Sangtam Likhum Pumji also spoke on the occasion.
Dr Pavezo Khalo, DIO/DPO informed that the department is targeting 100% immunization on Measle-Rubella vaccination but in certain villages there are misconception and people are not coming forward. Therefore, he asked the leaders and stakeholders to disseminate the information of vaccination immunization for 9-15 years which is going to be held in October.
Kezevinuo Sogotsu, Top act Artist presented special song while Vincent Belho General Manager, FPA India Nagaland Branch proposed the vote of thanks.