Nagaland’s healthcare “improved”

Dimapur, January 7 (MExN): Nagaland state has shown remarkable improvement in the healthcare delivery sector in the past two years and is currently rated third among the states in terms of healthcare delivery, according to survey conducted by a leading magazine.
This was disclosed by Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo Neinu at the two-day general council meeting of Centre of Medical & Sales Representatives’ Union (NER), which got underway Friday in Dimapur. Neinu said that the magazine India Today in its recent edition ranked Nagaland in the third position among states leading in healthcare delivery. He exuded confidence that the state would climb to number two in healthcare in 2011.
The minister also disclosed that there is a marked decline in HIV prevalence rate in the state due to concerted effort of the Health department and various NGOs. “Till August-September last year, Nagaland had the highest HIV infection rate in the whole country. But during November-December 2010 till this year, the state was rated,” he said.
Dwelling on the efforts of the government to improve healthcare delivery in the state, Neinu said that the H&FW department was providing medicine to almost all recognized villages, under the communitization programme. He said all community health centres, primary health centres and sub-centres are allotted Rs. 50,000, Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 20,000 annually for procurement of medicines. Stating that the time has come to allow people to have access to healthcare and medicine, Neinu called for concerted effort to boost health delivery.
Referring to the adage “Health is wealth,” the minister went a step further and added that “health is more than wealth.” Neinu hoped that the CRU conclave would come out with positive resolutions, which would benefit the common man in the health arena.