Meghalaya Opposition takes NEIGRIHMS row to President of India

Newmai News Network

 Shillong | May 6

Opposition Chief Whip of Meghalaya, Process Sawkmie has informed the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind of the present impasse at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), seeking his intervention such that normalcy returns in this premiere medical institution.

In a letter which was sent to the President of India on Monday, Sawkmie said, “I would like to urge upon you as the head of the country to intervene into this issue at the earliest so that the medical institute can perform the duties properly for the interest of the patients of the state and the whole of North East states as well.”

The simmering differences between the NEIGRIHMS administration and the head of Cardiology department have recently come to the fore. The Public Relations Officers (PRO) of the institute, Dr KK Pandita had recently issued a statement wherein he had had accused the HoD cardiology of conniving with a private vendor to sell stents at a very high price, despite the capping of rates by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

While countering the allegations, Dr Animesh Mishra, head of the Cardiology department, on the other hand, had maintained that the department “welcomes any kind of inquiry be it internal or external in order for the entire matter to arrive at a conclusion”. Sawkmie said the medical institute, instead of giving good treatment to the patients of the NE states, has featured in the headlines for “wrongdoing” amidst allegations and counter allegations between the doctors, heads of departments and the Director as well.

Stating that there is no end to the internal fighting amongst them, Sawkmie said as of today, the image of NEIGRIHMS is being tarnished by a few doctors. “Moreover, the people have no more trust and confidence in the institute,” Sawkmie opined. “Also, it appears that NEIGRIHMS is playing with the lives of the people,” he said while adding that the state government has taken interest on this issue by informing the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

According to Dr. Mishra, over 30 patients in the cardiology department of NEIGRIHMS have been affected due to non availability of stents.