Amid COVID-19, Champhai North MLA ZR Thiamsanga dons doctor's suit again to perform emergency operation & help woman to deliver child; wins hearts
Aizawl: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, when most people chose to stay indoors, a 62-year-old healthcare professional has been diligently doing his duty by visiting people and helping patients in time of need.
But mind you, he's not just a doctor but is also a legislator of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram.
In fact, Dr ZR Thiamsanga, the MLA from Champhai North constituency, takes delight in helping the needy as he considers the task as his top priority as a politician.
On Monday, Thiamsanga swapped his political duties for a doctor’s when a woman in his constituency required an emergency procedure.
Thiamsanga, a doctor by profession specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology who gave up regular practice after being elected to the Assembly in 2018, performed an emergency caesarean operation and helped a woman to deliver a child in east Mizoram’s Champhai town near Myanmar border while visiting his constituency to take stock of Covid- 19 spread and the loss caused by recent earthquakes on Monday.
Champhai is about 194 km from state capital Aizawl.
The legislator said that he operated C Lalhmangaihsangi, a 38-year-old woman from a remote Ngur village in Champhai district, who was expecting her second child, as the medical officer (doctor) at Champhai hospital was on leave due to health issue.
He said that the woman was bleeding profusely and her condition was critical. She was not in a position to travel several kilometers to come to Aizawl, he said.
“I was informed about the condition of the woman. I immediately rushed to the hospital and performed an emergency caesarean,” he told EastMojo, adding that the woman and her baby are safe and sound.
Thiamsanga said that he did it not for fame but as a responsibility because he considered helping the needy people is one of his important duties, which he has been elected for.
Thiamsanga, who is the state health and family welfare board vice chairman, often puts on his stethoscope to attend to medical emergencies whenever he comes across needy patients while on political duty.
Earlier in June, the Champhai North MLA hit the headline when he walked about 7 km to attend to the ailing policeman, who was guarding the Mizoram-Myanmar border to prevent cross-border movement amid Covid-19 spread.
Thiamsanga graduated MBBS (1985) and completed MD (1995) from Regional Medical College in Imphal and retired as head of department (Obds & Gynea Dept) at Aizawl Civil Hospital in May 2018.
In 2018, he contested on a Mizo National Front (MNF) ticket and defeated the sitting Congress MLA, TT Zothansanga, by a margin of 1,093 votes.