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Absentee doctors in Nagaland to be penalised

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KOHIMA, July 27 � Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo Nienu has asserted that stern action would be initiated against absentee and insincere medical officers and doctors so that the health care delivery system is improved.

Replying to supplementary queries raised by Opposition MLAs with special reference to Mon District Hospital, the Minister stated that there is no neglect of Mon district hospital. However, he admitted that there are reports of the Medical Superintendent being insincere as well as absence of doctors and assured the House that action would be initiated against them.

Earlier, Congress MLA from the area, Lanpha Konyak, narrated his personal experience in Mon hospital where he had taken a patient for treatment on May 21 night. He maintained that there was no doctor or medical staff in attendance, adding that the hospital was very dirty and without electricity and water.

�Do we go to hospital to be cured or to get more seriously ill,� he asked. He also pointed out that on visiting the hospital again the next day, only four doctors out of the ten posted in the 50-bed district hospital were present.

The Minister assured to look into the matter personally while also informing that the Government of Nagaland had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with M�decins Sans Fronti�res (MSF) on July 20 last to take over the Mon District Hospital.

MSF is an international health care organisation and once it takes over the hospital they would be providing all the services free of cost, he said, expressing hope that in the next 3-4 years, Mon District Hospital would become one of the best hospitals in the State.

To another query by MLA Lanpha, Nienu said an amount of Rs 2.44 crore was sanctioned and released for Mon Hospital during 2008-09 and 2009-10.

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Absentee doctors in Nagaland to be penalised

KOHIMA, July 27 � Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo Nienu has asserted that stern action would be initiated against absentee and insincere medical officers and doctors so that the health care delivery system is improved.

Replying to supplementary queries raised by Opposition MLAs with special reference to Mon District Hospital, the Minister stated that there is no neglect of Mon district hospital. However, he admitted that there are reports of the Medical Superintendent being insincere as well as absence of doctors and assured the House that action would be initiated against them.

Earlier, Congress MLA from the area, Lanpha Konyak, narrated his personal experience in Mon hospital where he had taken a patient for treatment on May 21 night. He maintained that there was no doctor or medical staff in attendance, adding that the hospital was very dirty and without electricity and water.

�Do we go to hospital to be cured or to get more seriously ill,� he asked. He also pointed out that on visiting the hospital again the next day, only four doctors out of the ten posted in the 50-bed district hospital were present.

The Minister assured to look into the matter personally while also informing that the Government of Nagaland had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with M�decins Sans Fronti�res (MSF) on July 20 last to take over the Mon District Hospital.

MSF is an international health care organisation and once it takes over the hospital they would be providing all the services free of cost, he said, expressing hope that in the next 3-4 years, Mon District Hospital would become one of the best hospitals in the State.

To another query by MLA Lanpha, Nienu said an amount of Rs 2.44 crore was sanctioned and released for Mon Hospital during 2008-09 and 2009-10.