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Support for Nagaland Medical College

Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom (left) during his inspection of the Naga Hospital in Kohima on Tuesday. – Photo: Correspondent
 DIMAPUR, May 7 - Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare S Pangnyu Phom said the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) would lend support to run the Nagaland Medical College till the 500-bed hospital attached to the college is constructed.

Phom said that the NHAK would play a vital role in the uplift of the medical college.

The minister said this while interacting with doctors and nurses during his inspection of the hospital on Monday, the minister’s press secretary said in a release today.

The under-construction Nagaland Medical College at Phriebagie in Kohima with 100 academic seats is expected to be functional by 2020-2021. The foundation stone of the college was laid by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on March 3, 2014.

Phom informed the Nagaland Assembly in February that the Centre had released Rs 153.03 crore out of the total project cost of Rs 189 crore to the State treasury so far.

He told the doctors and nurses that the major renovation works in the NHAK under the Nagaland Health Project would start soon, and urged every staff member and patient to consider the hospital as their own property. The minister asked the hospital staff to work towards making the hospital one of the cleanest in the State.

The Naga Hospital in Kohima, established in 1905-06 as a 10-bed dispensary, is one of the top hospitals in Kohima. It has been serving the people, not only from Kohima district but the whole of the State, especially those from rural areas who cannot afford to go to private clinics and hospitals for treatment.

Phom expressed his anguish over the cases of land encroachers within the hospital campus. He said the land patta issuing authority should carefully verify the land before issuing any patta. He appealed to the citizens to be “more responsible”.

The minister also inspected the ongoing construction of the Terci Care Cancer Centre of the hospital and asked the management to expedite the works to make sure that the project is completed at the earliest.

The minister expressed gratitude to Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo for voluntary construction of the patients’ guesthouse in the hospital campus.

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