Monday, November 28, 2022

Protests disrupt health care services in Nagaland

Staff Reporter/Correspondent

Ongoing protests by Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA), contractual doctors and Nagaland Association of Community Health Officers (NACHO) have seriously disrupted government healthcare services in Nagaland.
NIDA is demanding enhancement of superannuation from 60 to 62 and has gone on indefinite strike except for doctors on emergency duties. On the other hand, contractual doctors, appointed during pandemic, and NACHO are demanding unpaid salaries.
Even as these protests are on, the Department Recruited Aggrieved Nurses 2021 (DRAN 2021) have now threatened to launch “democratic peaceful sit-in protest” starting November 9, 2022 against non-payment of salary and denial of service regularisation.
NIDA to take decision on Nov 6: Nagaland In-service Doctors’ Association’s (NIDA) will take a final decision over its stand which would be discussed at its general body meeting scheduled for November 6.
It may be mentioned that NIDA strike has disrupted all healthcare services except for emergency services, emergency surgeries and ICU services.
When contacted, a NIDA member told Nagaland Post that the association will be holding a general body meeting on November 6 evening and the outcome would be made known after the meeting. NIDA recently had said it will stick to its decision on continuing with its indefinite strike, but expressed willingness to sit across the table with the State government to reach a solution that was acceptable to all.
Contractual doctors continue stir: Contractual doctors, who were appointed during Covid-19 pandemic, continued with ‘total cease work’ agitation against non-payment of salary for 5 months.
Contractual doctors have affirmed to continue the protest till their salaries were released. When asked about the salary of contractual doctors, a senior official from health department told Nagaland Post that the since the government was working on generating Personal Information Management System (PIMS) code their salaries could not be released.
NACHO launches phase-III stir: Nagaland Association of Community Health Officers (NACHO) on November 2, 2022 launched phase-III agitation against non-payment of salary and performance-based incentive (PBI) to 105 community health officers (CHOs) since April 2022.
In a press release, NACHO president Semakchang and general secretary Chumrenthung N Ezung said the association has decided to continue with same form of agitation as the second phase—affected CHOs would observe “total cease work” and unaffected NACHO members would observe “pen-down” strike until otherwise decided by NACHO.
It stated that 105 CHOs, affected by 15th Finance Commission, have not received any formal intimidation as to why their salaries have been held back. NACHO said affected CHOs gave numerous representations and letters to NHM demanding release of salaries and PBIs.
The association stated that all the while numerous telephonic and in-room meetings were held with the department officials, but without any positive results.
NACHO said that NHM have not released salaries and PBIs of the CHOs nor have they given any written assurance as to when the salaries would be released till date.
The association has, therefore, urged the department to resolve the issue without any further delay.
DRAN2021 threatens stir from Nov 9: Department Recruited Aggrieved Nurses 2021 (DRAN 2021), who were appointed during Covid-19 pandemic, have threatened to launch “democratic peaceful sit-in protest” starting November 9, 2022 against non-payment of salary for four months (July to October) and denial of service regularisation.
In a reminder letter addressed to the state chief secretary, secretary H&FW and principal director H&FW, DRAN2021 president Lijamo Odyuo and general secretary Vikali said that when the government has allowed to fill up 50% (129 posts) through queue system, the aggrieved nurses, who appeared before the department recruitment board interview, should not be denied of their legitimate rights.
DRAN2021 said that three representations and an ultimatum have been submitted addressal of their grievances, but they have not received any response from the government till date.
The union has cautioned that the state government would be held solely responsible if any untoward incidents occurred during protest.

SourceNPN
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