Construction of Nagaland Medical College now in ‘full swing’: Pangnyu

Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom and others inspecting the ongoing construction works of Nagaland Medical College at Phriebagei, Kohima on August 26.  (Photo Courtesy: @pangnyu / Twitter)
Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom and others inspecting the ongoing construction works of Nagaland Medical College at Phriebagei, Kohima on August 26. (Photo Courtesy: @pangnyu / Twitter)

Morung Express News 
Kohima | August 26 

The construction works of Nagaland Medical College at Phriebagei, Kohima, which ‘could not progress as expected’ due to the imposition of COVID-19 lockdown measures, has now fully resumed, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom said on Wednesday.

The Minister informed this after visiting the site and inspecting the progress of the work on August 26. 

Taking to Twitter afterwards, he said: “The COVID-19 hasn't only changed the lifestyle of people but it has also hugely impacted the development and economy of the country.”

“As such, the ongoing work of the college couldn't progress as expected owing to the imposition of lockdown,” he added. 

Pangnyu, however, noted that works have been resumed in full swing. “Our team is in full swing and all works have been resumed, it will progress well!”

In his previous tenure as Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio unveiled the foundation stone for Nagaland Medical College on March 3, 2014. It was constructed under scheme of the Government of India, called “Upgradation of District Hospitals to Medical College.”

The construction works, however, has not progress well over the years. 

The Department of Health and Family Welfare on its website stated that the Government of India during the XIIth Plan, initiated the establishment of new medical Colleges attached with existing District/ Referral Hospitals having more than 200 beds strength. Kohima District Hospital (NHAK) fulfilled this criterion at that time and consequently, the process started.  

The funding pattern contributed in the 90:10 between the Centre and the State and the total cost of the establishment is estimated to be around Rs 189 crore.