Tata Trusts to upgrade Nagaland dist hospitals

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HT Correspondent

Dimapur, May 5: Nagaland governor PB Acharya on Saturday informed that the Tata Trusts have agreed to collaborate with the state government for upgradation of existing district hospitals so that Level 1 & 2 cancer can be treated in the district hospitals itself.

For this purpose, the Tata Trusts will also train the local doctors, he added. Acharya was speaking at the inaugural programme of 1st mid-term workshop-cum-CME for the East Zone Urological Society of India at Oking Hospital and Research Clinic, Kohima.

“We must also give equal respect to alternative systems of medicine,” he underscored. He stated that AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoepathy) is a governmental body for developing education and research in Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine), yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, homoepathy, sowa rigpa (traditional Tibetan medicine) and other indigenous medicine systems.

Stating that as India lives in villages, contagious infectious diseases like water-borne diseases, tuberculosis, respiratory infections, pneumonia, etc. dominate the morbidity pattern especially in rural areas, he stressed that these need to be addressed in an efficient and meaningful manner. Non-communicable diseases such as cancer, blindness, heart diseases, diabetes, accidents are also on the rise in rural areas, he pointed out.

The Governor further urged doctors to continue to uphold ethical standards for their fraternity and remember that as healthcare provider, they do not merely treat a disease but a sick human being. He said the role of doctors cannot be underrated since there is nothing nobler than saving lives.

Congratulating and appreciating the East Zone chapter of Urological Society of India and the organisers for conducting the event in Kohima, he hoped the event would focus on latest advances in urology and provide a forum for discussions, review and approach for prevention and better management of urologic diseases.

He stated that the event was first of its kind to be conducted in the state capital where Nagaland would be included in the urological map in the world. On the live operative workshop on various urological procedures using minimally invasive techniques, he said this would benefit many budding doctors besides giving opportunities to the needy patients with minimal cost and minimal morbidities.

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