Meghalaya health minister James Sangma

Shillong: Meghalaya Health Minister James Sangma on Tuesday informed the House that once the recruitment of 202 staff nurses will be completed, the services of certain nurses appointed under 3F as a stop-gap arrangement will be terminated.

Sangma said the department had already conducted the exams for the 202 vacant posts and the result is awaited. The health minister was responding to a question by Mawryngkneng MLA Pyniaid Syiem.

During the financial year of 2021-22, the health department has spent for the development of existing PHCs, CHCs, district hospitals and Health Sub Centres an amount of Rs 72,78,49,216. The budget earmarked by the department for the financial year 2022-23 for the development of the existing and new PHCs CHCs, district hospitals and health sub-centres is Rs 1,58,86, 50,000, the minister shared.

Sangma said the department has received a total of 336 proposals from several members of the House and different people requesting up-gradation of health centres. “We will try to ensure that as many of these proposals can be taken up and these can be fructified though it does not mean that all 336 proposals will see the light of day,” he said.

Sangma also clarified that the amount earmarked will include the procurement of several medical machinery.

Adding in a supplementary question, MLA from Siju constituency Rakkam Sangma questioned whether there was any plan to upgrade and strengthen the Health Engineering Wing in Garo Hills.

The health minister responded that the process of strengthening is going on right now and they are very committed to making the health engineering wing a very robust department.

“We have already appointed 11 new engineers with that purpose to further strengthen the health engineering wing,” stated the health minister.

Mawphlang MLA Eugeneson Lyngdoh asked the minister if the state norms are in accordance with the Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS). The minister with a yes, which led the Mawphlang MLA to state that the health minister was “misguiding the House” because at present there are four vacant posts for doctors at the CHC in Mawphlang.

Sangma in his response stated that there was a dearth of specialised doctors in the state and these four vacant posts were for specialist doctors.

Meanwhile, Jowai MLA Wailadmiki Shylla also raised a concern about the health centre in Ummulong. Shylla mentioned that according to the signboard it has been upgraded from PHC to CHC in 2001. He said it was but just in name because the infrastructure and staff at the health centre has remained the same.

He urged the govt to look into the matter since the centre is catering to thousands of people and also ensure that it is functioning at full strength and equipped with medicine and equipment. 

Mizoram reports 188 new COVID cases, lowest since January 4

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