Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Nagaland Police sign MoU with CIHSR for project SAHYOG

Staff Reporter

Nagaland Police signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR) for ‘Project SAHYOG’, a medical assistance project for Nagaland Indian Reserve (IR) personnel and their families, at Rhododendron Hall, Police Complex, Chümoukedimaon Monday.
Speaking at the occasion, Additional Director General of Police (Administration), Renchamo P. Kikon termed the signing of MoU as a red-letter day for Nagaland Police and expressed the hope that the project would look into issues faced by family members, jawans and officers of IR. Kikon informed the gathering, that the project will look into medical requirements of IR jawans and officers, including their immediate families, with support from CIHSR where they would get subsidised rates.
He said that the recently-launched project was at its initial stage and was expected to cater to the medical needs of IR. He said the next phases would cover their transport, LPG and CSD. He mentioned that all units of Nagaland Police would be brought under the project’s purview. The ADGP acknowledged the hard work and dedication of CIHSR director Dr Sedevi Angami towards making the project a success. He also thanked DIG (ABNs-IR) Sonia Singh for coming up with the idea to assist the family members of IR jawans and officers.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Sedevi said it was a privilege for CIHSR to be part of the project for providing medical assistance to Nagaland Police.
He mentioned that CIHSR’s outreach was geographically limited, but by partnering with the police it will be able to reach out to far flung areas of the State.
He said CIHSR was looking forward to deploy nurses and train them as assets for the police in attending to patients in far flung areas.
In her speech, DIGP Sonia Singh explained that the MoU would allow Nagaland Police IRs to avail treatment at a discounted rate of 20% at CIHSR, barring medicines.
She said dedicated smart cards would be issued to IR personnel’s families, besides setting up a special counter at CIHSR to avail medical facilities. She mentioned the card would have a QR code and embedded with information on the IR personnel and his or her family members like spouse, kids and parents.
She disclosed that a separate team would be available to cater to the needs of visiting IR families for treatment.
Dwelling on SAHYOG, Sonia further explained that the project aimed at providing medical assistance at subsidised rates, meeting education and transportation costs, home delivery of LPG cylinders, CSD items and groceries and development of utility application. She however mentioned that as the project was still at its initial phase, it would only cater to medical needs and hat additional services would be made available in the next phases.
Speaking on how the idea of SAHYOG came into being, Sonia pointed out that family members of IR personnel were facing problems due non-availability of medical facilities and that even though hospitals were available at unit level, they were not capable of providing the medical needs of their family members due to shortage doctors or other medical facilities.
She said even though facilities like OPD, laboratory x-ray, physiotherapy, labour room, ultrasound, etc, were available yet there were no doctors.
Sonia said that hence, there was a need to device a mechanism to provide unhindered medical services to IR personnel and their family members in times of need at commissioned rates.
She mentioned that the project was initiated on May 1 this year and that even before the MoU was signed, altogether 142 patients were given treatment within a span of one month. The treatment included cardio, kidney, skin, eye, surgical, ENT, paediatric, physiotherapy, etc, she added.
Further Sonia said the total cost for the treatments was Rs 4,12,947, but only Rs 3,51,863 was paid as subsidised rates, thereby resulting in a saving of Rs 61,084.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by DIGP (Training), Chümoukedima, Aotemsu and dedicatory prayer offered by PBC Chümoukedima pastor A Temsu Ao.
A short speech was also delivered by additional director of NPRH Chümoukedima, Dr N Adaho and vote of thanks offered by Lakha Koza, commandant of 10th NAP (IR) Battalion, Zhadima, Kohima.

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