South DAC directed to keep vigil on unauthorised social media posts giving false information

Namchi, 06 Sept:

Minister for Healthcare, Human Services & Family Welfare Department, AK Ghatani, chaired a coordination meeting at the conference hall of District Hospital Namchi in South Sikkim today following recent death case of a patient at Namchi District Hospital.

The Minister was accompanied by Commissioner cum Secretary Healthcare, Human Services & Family Welfare Department, Vishal Chauhan, Zilla Adhyakshya [South], Farwanti Tamang, Upadhyaksha [South], Bhim Bahadur Lakhey, Chairman [NMC], Uday Chandra Rai, Vice Chairman [NMC], Diki Lhamu Bhutia, District Collector [South], Prabhakar Verma, District Medical Superintendent, Dr DC Sharma, alongside councillors, officials and staff of various line departments and hospital administration.

Addressing the meeting, the DMS listed various shortages of infrastructures, equipments, doctors, nurses and staffs and other facilities to render better service to the public in the district hospital.

Secretary, Mr Chauhan said that Namchi District Hospital is one of the best government hospitals of Sikkim after STNM, Gangtok. The District Hospital has been handling equal number of patients as STMN with less infrastructure facilities, doctors and staffs which is highly appreciative, he added.

“The State Government’s Health Department has given equal priority to facilitate the hospital. Shortages and upgrade facilities for Namchi District Hospital will be fulfilled on priority basis for smooth functioning,” said Mr Chauhan.

In his address, Mr Ghatani informed that the State Government has vigorously improved the healthcare sector by means of improving facilities and infrastructure thereby making it affordable and accessible for the public of the State.

The Minister also informed that District Hospital Namchi is one of the best performing hospitals in the State and applauded the efforts of the hospital staff and requested them to deliver the similar kind of zeal and commitment towards their duty.

Strict instructions were issued to the South District Administration to adopt stringent measures and keep vigil on unauthorised social media post which reflects inappropriate and false information to the general public.

Mr Ghatani also suggested the hospital administration to strongly refute any kind of baseless allegations labeled against them. He requested the police personnel to take stringent action against anyone found disturbing the tranquility of the hospital especially during night time.

“Health and education has been priority sectors of the State Government. Some death cases in this hospital are being used as propaganda by some political parties to defame the government. The political vested persons are bringing out false information without proper investigation of the cases to defame the government and the department. It is not only an attack on the duty officers and staffs but also against the Health Department. The recent cases of Namchi are being used by politically interested people to instigate the public against the State Government and this has brought about insecurity among the doctors and staff of the hospital,” said Mr Ghatani.

He also assured full support from the State Government and the Health Department to the doctors and staffs of the hospital if they stood on the right path.

“If any doctor or staff is found doing their duty with negligence in rendering services to the public, stringent actions will be taken and there will not be any excuse,” added Mr Ghatani.

The Minister also suggested highlighting the healthcare facilities available in the State which are excelling especially in the area of immunisation services that are cost effective and efficient. He sought cooperation from all section of the society in order to transform Sikkim into a healthy state through the means of community mobilisation and holistic participation.

Commissioner cum Secretary, Mr Chauhan, in his remarks added that the aim of the meeting is to devise ways and means to improve and augment the status of District Hospital Namchi.

The DMS informed that there are 18 departments running in the District Hospital Namchi wherein 400-450 numbers of OPDs are being taken care of on daily basis.

An open interactive session was also held wherein in-charges of respective wards put forth their suggestions and grievances concerning their safety and security. They also requested for additional manpower which is extremely crucial in running the hospital. The meeting also saw deliberation upon various aspects which are essential to the District Hospital namely cleanliness and hygiene, water supply, electricity, waiting shed for the visitors and other basic amenities for the hospital. Proposals related to basic equipments, infrastructure, and additional manpower were also discussed at length wherein the Minister assured to resolve it at the earliest.

During the course of the meeting, it was unanimously decided to issue visitor card to restrict the flow of visitors in the hospital and convenience of the patients as well.

Earlier, the Minister accompanied by the dignitaries also visited and inspected the various wards, operation theatres, dispensary surgical clinic, pediatric clinic, antenatal clinic and emergency ward of District Hospital and enquired upon the health status of admitted patients and facilities being provided by the hospital.