H&FW Dept clarifies on ‘non-reply’ to legal notice

Kohima, September 29 (MExN): Following the news of a legal notice served to the Nagaland Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) department, the department issued a response on September 29. 

On Tuesday, Principal Director Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie issued a clarification that the reply to the legal notice was sent by post through a letter bearing No. DHFW-17/Legal/31/20207925-28 dated September 10. The department added that the letter not received by the litigant cannot be attributed as a default on the part of the Department to reply to the legal notice.

The legal notice was filed on August 26 by the brother of a patient who had died in the District Hospital Dimapur earlier on August allegedly due to negligence on the part of the government-run District Hospital Dimapur. It contended that the Nagaland H&FW Department is liable to compensate the bereaved family by a lump sum of Rs 35,00,000 within 30 days, failing which, it said that legal action would be initiated.