Acknowledging the contribution of AYUSH Society in Nagaland State, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom on Wednesday said AYUSH has been playing an important role and contributing immensely in healthcare system across the country and particularly in Nagaland. Addressing the 4th AYUSH Minister’s Conference at Ashoka Hotel in Delhi, Pangnyu said the Nagaland Government remains fully committed to promote AYUSH in the state. “The Government of Nagaland is also fully committed to promote AYUSH system in the State and as a result of our commitment, we have 6 regular doctors, creation of another 8 regular medical officer post is under process for cabinet clearance,” he stated. On the activities and initiatives, Pangnyu highlighted that 82 AYUSH doctors has been appointed on contractual basis under National Health Mission (NHM) and National AYUSH Mission (NAM) and are posted to District Hospitals, Community Health Centers and Primary Health Centers across the State. Keeping in mind the commitment of the government, the AYUSH Society under the Department of Health & Family Welfare have organized Arogya Mela three times in the State, he added.
With the inception of National AYUSH Mission (NAM), various activities and programs has taken place in a very short span of time, Phom said while pointing out that a 10 bedded integrated AYUSH hospital at Dimapur is functioning with full manpower. Another 30 bedded integrated AYUSH hospital at Noklak under Tuensang District bordering to Myanmar has already been inaugurated last December and is rendering services at remotest area of the State. Pangnyu also expressed optimism that the construction of 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospital at Razha, Chedema under Kohima District will be completed within a month or two and would be inaugurated by the year end. He further informed that another 50 bedded AYUSH hospital at Sapangya (Chuntia) under Mokokchung District is under process. The State Government has also submitted the Details Project Report (DPR) for 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospitals for Longleng and Zunheboto District to the Ministry. Meanwhile, pointing out that the AYUSH mission in Nagaland has been facing numerous hurdles in implementing programs due to lack of a separate AYUSH directorate, Pangnyu appealed the Ministry of AYUSH to grant a separate directorate to Nagaland State out of the resource pool allotted to the State. – Morung Express