Government trying to provide good healthcare facilities — Phom
Kezhocha, Sep. 9 (EMN): Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom on Thursday said that the government is trying its best to bring about development in the state and ensure good healthcare facilities and services to the people.
He was addressing the inaugural programme of the upgraded Community Health Centre (CHC), Kezocha in Kohima district.
Phom said the Neiphiu Rio-led government is working hard to empower, strengthen and provide adequate health facilities to the people and that the CHC should help the people of the range.
Saying that the CHC belonged to the community, he told the gathering to have the feeling of ownership and also extend support to staff.
‘Irrespective of all powers, at the end of the day, people go in search of hospitals,’ he said.
‘Land issue hinders development’
Meanwhile, the minister asserted that many developmental projects have been halted due to land issue in land issues.
Informing that there are over hundred court cases related to land issu in the Health department alone, he said that it hinders attempts to upgrade facilities and services.
He added the department would take up development in places where there are no land issues and complete in a timely manner.
‘Come forward for vaccination, test’
Phom urged the people to take Covid vaccine, saying that it saves and protects people. He also called upon the people of the state to come forward for Covid test to save oneself and the society.
He asserted that under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the government is working to bring about development and opportunities, even though the pandemic has hit the state hard, and sought the support and cooperation of the public.
He also asked the public servants to efficiently work for the welfare of the people and the society.
Meanwhile, Advisor of Youth Resources and Sports (YRS), Zale Neikha said the upgraded CHC from Primary Health Centre (PHC) was a ‘dream come true’ for the people of the range.
Reacting to a report claiming the state government is ‘underperforming’ and lacked leadership, Neikha termed it as ‘propaganda and character assassination’. He also told the people not to be misled by false news and propaganda, saying that the government was trying its best to bring development and opportunities to the people of the state.
Meanwhile, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Neikhrielie Khimiao expressed happiness over upgrading the health facility and urged the community to safeguard it.
He maintained that many people in the country had succumbed to the dreaded Covid-19, yet there was ‘not even a single case of death due to shortage of oxygen in the state’.
Minister for PWD (Housing and Mechanical) Tongpang Ozukum, Advisor for Horticulture and Border Affairs Mhanthung Yanthan, Deputy Commissioner of Kohima Gregory Thejawelie and other public leaders also spoke at the event.
Earlier during the programme, Phom unveiled the upgraded facility in the presence of Cabinet colleagues, advisors, senior government officials and public leaders.