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State govt signs MoU for setting up NCDC

State govt signs MoU for setting up NCDC
S. Pangnyu Phom, with Preeti Sudan and Dr. L. A Singh, regional director, MoH&FW, Imphal, along with H&FW department officials.
DIMAPUR, DEC 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/6/2018 11:05:58 AM IST

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) Government of India (GoI) and Government of Nagaland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on December 5, 2018 for setting up a branch of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Nagaland.

MoU was signed by joint secretary, Lav Agarwal, on behalf of the MoH&FW, and principal secretary H&FW, I Himato Zhimomi, on behalf of government of Nagaland, in the presence of secretary to GoI, MoH&FW, Preeti Sudan. NCDC is an institute under the Indian directorate general of health services, MoH&FW, for research in epidemiology and control of communicable diseases.

Addressing officials present at the signing ceremony, Preeti Sudan congratulated the H&FW department on the impressive performance of the state in the Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign (M-RVC).

The secretary also assured to take up requests of the state in relation to availability of alternate banking services at the grassroots, and timely release of funds and facilities required with the ministry as well as with state policy makers.

Director (H), Dr. Vizolie Suokhrie gave a presentation on the achievements, gaps and way forward of the department of H&FW in the state. 

The programme was chaired by principal director, Dr. Vikeyie Losu and vote of thanks was proposed by NHM mission director, Dr. Kevichusa Medikhrü.

Preeti Sudan was accompanied by Lav Agarwal; director, RRC-NES, Dr. Ashok Roy; senior regional director, MoH&FW, Dr. L.A. Singh; senior consultant (QA), RRC-NES, Dr. Suchitra and consultant (Policy), GoI, Mandar Randive.

Health ministry team calls on Pangnyu: A delegation from the Health ministry led by secretary, Preeti Sudan, called on the Nagaland health minister, S Pangnyu Phom, at his official residence on December 6. The visiting officials, while appreciating the performance of various health schemes in the state, also shared their concern on the delay in release of funds by the state, which was affecting programme implementations.

The secretary urged the state to expedite operationalization of the Medical College at Kohima, which, she said, will play a crucial role not only in improving delivery of tertiary healthcare service, but also help in solving acute shortage of doctors in the State. Preeti Sudan also emphasized on timely submission of utilization certificates of various sanctions accorded by the ministry.

Pangnyu Phom, while welcoming the delegation, impressed upon the central officials the need for review of existing criteria for allocation of resource envelops, enhancement of NHM resource envelops and NITI Aayog ranking. He also pointed out the need for a regional MoHFW office in Nagaland in view of increasing health schemes and establishment of more central government establishments in Nagaland.

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