Saturday, December 10, 2022

Aggrieved nurses launch phase 2 agitation


Talks between Department Recruited Aggrieved Nurse (DRAN) 2021 and officials led by secretary Health & Family Welfare failed to yield any resolution on Monday, as the nurses stuck to their demand and also launched the second phase of agitation by wearing Scrubs (protective clothing used by doctors, nurses that helps keep cross-contamination to a minimum.)
DRAN has been protesting outside the Civil Secretariat Kohima against non-payment of salary and denial of service regularisation. A DRAN member informed Nagaland Post that the second round of meeting held on Monday, on the invitation of the Health department, was inconclusive as the officials once again insisted that the nurses should appear Nagaland Public Service (NPSC) exam for regularisation.
DRAN, however, conveyed their opposition and demanded their “legitimate right” for service regularization. Further, the nurses thanked the public for their support and contributions and also prayed that their issue would not be politicised.

ASU team visits: Angami Students Union (ASU) team also visited the on-going protest site and interacted with the aggrieved nurses.
DRAN members informed that ASU extended solidarity to the ongoing protest and assured all possible help to the nurses.

NNagaDAO urges Govt to meet their demand
Network of Nagaland Drugs and AIDS Organisations (NNagaDAO) has expressed concern over the ongoing agitation by DRAN recruited by the State government during Covid-19 pandemic over non-payment of regular salary and denial of service regularisation.
In a press note, NNagaDAO president Abou Mere and general secretary Ketho Angami contended that the aggrieved nurses were recruited and put to task against Covid-19 at a time when the pandemic was overwhelming the State. It was a period when the State faced unprecedented challenges to the healthcare system due to acute shortage of nurses, beds and medical supplies, including personal protective gears, etc.
According to NNagaDAO, the pandemic had exposed these nurses to conditions that threatened their health and had undergone anxiety due to the risk of exposing themselves and their families to Covid-19, as they were at high risk of being infected and faced psychological distress and post-traumatic stress.
Now that Covid-19 war-like situation had vastly improved, the network said it was unfortunate to see the fate of these Covid warriors being treated in such a manner whereby their legitimate rights that they rightfully deserved were being denied when they ought to be applauded. It insisted that their selfless contribution to the pandemic response in the State needed to be acknowledged.
NNagaDAO called upon the State government, especially the health minister, to acknowledge their appeal and regularise their service.

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