The Minister of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW), S. Panganyu Phom inaugurated the first independent AYUSH dispensary, Homeopathic Treatment Center in Nagaland in Padumfukuri village Block-2 here on Saturday.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Panganu announced that the Homeopathic Treatment Center would be a Health and Wellness Center under the Ayush Mission.
The minister also said that the state government is committed to establishing separate AYUSH directorate and AYUSH hospitals in all districts.
In this regard, he said that the cabinet has approved the creation of more posts so that there is enough manpower to run separate directorate.
Presently, the Minister informed that there are Ayush hospitals in Dimapur and Nokhala in Nagaland which provide medical services to the people. Pangnyu revealed that another Ayush Hospital at Chedema, Raza in Kohima district has been completed and is expected to be inaugurated soon. He said that Sapna Integrated Ayush Hospital was also under construction.
To provide better health facilities, the Minister said that the Center has introduced policy and programs to transform the sub-centres into Health and Wellness Centers. He said that the State Ayush Mission Society in collaboration with NHM has identified 19 sub-centres in Phase-I. He said it was submitted to the ministry for consideration.
Pangyanu said that the PDA government under the leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is seriously working to improve the health delivery system in the state.
He congratulated the citizens of Dimapur for being the first homoeopathic treatment centre in the state. The minister also praised the AYUSH mission for doing excellent work in the field of health, even to reach all the grassroots.
Although the centre was established in 2004, Pangnew stated that it was operating under a civil surgeon, Dimapur. However, from today the centre will function as the first independent AYUSH dispensary in Nagaland.
In addition, the minister specifically appealed to the citizens of Dimapur and Padumfukuri to take ownership and give all possible support to the doctors and staff to make the centre a “patient-friendly treatment centre”.
Delivering the welcome and keynote address, H&FW Assistant Director (AYUSH) Dr T Bendangtula said that there were about 87 doctors in Nagaland. He said HTC would include two medical officers and three other employees. He requested the gathering to avail the facilities, stating that the centre would also provide free medicines.
Short speeches were also delivered by mission director Dr Kevishusa Medikhrü and chief medical officer (CMO) K Vikato Kinimi.
Earlier, AO Baptist Aarogo, Padmapukhuri clergyman called for a vote of thanks while Vetoka Katti, President of Padum Pukhuri Village Council proposed a vote of thanks. Following the program, the department organized a free health camp.