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Nagaland: Health Department to Post 56 Medical Officers Within 48 hrs

Nagaland: Health department to post 56 medical officers within 48 hrs

Kohima, May 23 (NEx): Nagaland Health & Family Welfare department will post 56 medical officers within 48 hours to various Health Care Centres in the State, informed Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom on Sunday.

Taking to twitter, Pangnyu said, ‘the Department will be posting another 56 young, energetic and dedicated Medical Officers within 48 hrs to various Health Care Centres in the State to cater to the needs of the people during these challenging times.’

‘We ensure all possible help we can and appeal to the people to co-operate with the Government and Department,’ – Pangnyu tweets.

It is important to note that, the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 after its emergency meeting on May 19, 2021, informed that, 56 doctors have been recently recruited. The resultant vacancies of doctors and nurses under NHM caused due to this recruitment will be filled up by engaging suitable professionals on temporary basis.

Recognizing the risks faced by the healthcare workers involved in COVID-19 duties, the Government of Nagaland has already announced an additional amount (ex gratia) of Rs. 10 lakhs for all health care workers working in Government Hospitals and Health Care Centers, and private hospitals over and above the Rs. 50 lakh under the Government of India’s Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) Insurance Scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19.

Earlier, the Principal Director, H&FW has issued directions to engage final year and intern students of various medical professions on temporary basis for clinical and non-clinical Non-COVID duties.

This decision was taken with a view to augment and meet the immediate needs, for healthcare workers for COVID-19 duties, the Health department informed.

Accordingly, the Government has delegated the power to the District Task Forces to engage students on a temporary basis for a period of upto 3 months with effect from May 22, 2021, with an initial upper limit of 30 students for Kohima and Dimapur and 10 each in other districts subject to the districts ensuring that an equivalent additional existing staff is deputed for COVID duty in each of the district. Stipend and other benefits were also announced to these category of students.