Kohima: After the National Health Mission Employees Association, Nagaland (NEAN) decided to go for an indefinite ‘cease work’ beginning from Sunday, the state health department has requested the health workers to immediately call off the decision in the interest of public service in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Health Mission (NHM) director Dr Kevichusa Medikhru, in a letter addressed to the NEAN president, said, “We are all aware that there is shortage of manpower in the department to combat with the current pandemic situation and we acknowledge the services rendered by the NHM employees not only at this period of time but also in the past.”
Resenting against the Cabinet’s decision on regularising 27 contractual medical officers on the ground of constraint of manpower to contain COVID-19 pandemic, the NEAN decided to launch ‘cease work’ indefinitely from Sunday till its demands are fulfilled.
It said that the department is willing to give impartial hearing to the demands of the NHM employees and urged the healthcare workers to come forward for open discussion for redress their grievances. The unprecedented step to go on an indefinite cease work from June 14 without even giving the department any prior notice or call to redress the issues is regretful, it added.
“I would like to convey that the department has already initiated steps to address the issue and has even invited your team for discussion on the matter today itself, which unfortunately could not materialize due to unresponsiveness from your end,” the letter read.
It, therefore, requested the healthcare workers to “immediately call off the cease work, in the interest of public service so that together we can achieve our target to mitigate the present pandemic situation at hand”.
Meanwhile, through an order, principal director of health and family welfare Dr Vizolie Suokhrie directed all chief medical officers (CMOs) and medical superintendents (SMs) to ensure that all the NHM employees attend to their duties during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis failing which necessary disciplinary action will be taken.
It said that all GNM and ANM who fail to perform their duties from Monday will be forfeited from the queue system/batch-wise appointment into the regular posts.
The principal director also directed the district authority to submit the list of employees failing to report for their duties on Monday by 1 pm.