DIMAPUR, Sept 23 � Union DoNER Minister BK Handique assured that his ministry would look into the establishment of a medical college in Nagaland while opining that Nagaland has great potential for setting up of a super-specialty hospital which would serve not only the people here but also neighbouring States as well as bordering countries. He was responding to a request put forward by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
Handique was in Dimapur yesterday to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up of the North East Regional Paramedical Institute at Dimapur.
Terming the MoU inked by the Government of Nagaland, North East Council (NEC) and Christian Institute of Health and Scientific Research (CISHR) as a significant occasion, the minister said paramedical science is an inseparable part of the healthcare system and runs parallel to medical science in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Asserting that the challenges in health sector in the NE region can be effectively tackled only when all resources at the command of all levels of the government are coordinated and synergistically utilised, he rued that the paramedical education system in the country is neither organised nor standardised. In this regard, he said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is in the process of creating a Paramedical Council and a Bill is being processed for consideration of the Parliament.
While pointing out the acute shortage of trained paramedical staff at different levels in national government programmes, he further highlighted that as per World Health Organisation standard, the Northeast needs 43,000 doctors and 3.44 lakh paramedical staff but said the actual requirement is even more due to the remote and poor communication in the region.
In his address, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio pointed out that since attainment of Statehood 47 years ago, not a single national or regional institute has been set up in Nagaland for which there exists a feeling of neglect in this sphere.
Welcoming the setting up of the paramedical institute at Dimapur, he said the State Government has already taken the initiative to start a nursing college attached to CIHSR. He felt the paramedical institute would complement this initiative and the two together would be a vital foundation for achieving the dream of setting up a medical college.
On improving healthcare delivery system and development of infrastructure and systems, Rio said healthcare needs to be developed up to the tertiary level. He also opined that there is scope for �medical tourism� in the region since the nursing care quality of the NE nurses is legendary. If medical technologies can be upgraded, the naturally hospitable human resources, environment and climatic conditions would definitely attract people from all over the world for medical treatment, the CM asserted.
He appealed to the NEC to make the regional paramedical institute an state-of-the-art institute and of world standard.