Imphal: Manipur health minister L Jayantakumar Singh on Friday assured to appoint five more specialists at UKhrul District Hospital amid the acute shortage of healthcare workers in the hill district.

The decision was taken during a meeting held between the minister and representatives from the Federation of Haomee (FoH) in Imphal to discuss the issues relating to the state-run hospital.

After careful consideration of the requirement of specialists, the health department assured to appoint five more specialists by Septembers 19, as per the official statement.

Moreover, to enable a more detailed assessment of the requirement, the team comprised of health officials and representatives of FoH have proposed to visit the district hospital in Ukhrul on or before September 25, it said.

A memorumdum signed between Manipur health deaprtment and Federation of Haomee

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The latest development comes following an indefinite bandh called by Federation of Haomee along the Imphal-Ukhrul road from September 21 owing to shortfalls of healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, in the hill district hospital.

Speaking with EastMojo, FoH secretary-general Y Vicisy Shimray said: “We will revoke our decision after the state government fulfil our demands in regards to filing the vacant seats of doctors and nurses.”

At present, the state-run hospital in the hill district with a population of 1,83,998 (2011 census) is functioning without anesthesiologist, sonologists, orthopaedics, blood bank and surgeons apart from lack of proper infrastructure.

Simply constructing a building without required healthcare infrastructure cannot be called it a hospital, Shimray added.

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