Gangtok, 20 Feb:
Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum today submitted a two-point memorandum to Health Minister, Dr MK Sharma.
An SPYF team met the Minister at his official residence and submitted the memorandum which has the support of 10,000 signatures collected by the Forum in its tours across Sikkim while trying to understand the healthcare system here and detail what is required.
The two demands that make up the memorandum are complete implementation of Indian Public Health Standards [IPHS] in all hospitals, including Primary Health Centres, PHSCs and CHSCs, in Sikkim and provision of free medicine and other medical services for all the people of the State.
An SPYF press release informs that the Minister assured to fulfill demands unconditionally in the coming budget and asked for some time for fulfill the criteria of specialists.
The release informs that in a thorough discussion stretching for over three hours, SPYF members apprised the Minister about the miserable plight of the condition of the hospital across the state.
“SPYF members placed their two-point demand for which the organization has been waging the arduous struggle for over two years now. Yet, except some minor improvements, no concrete change has been observed in the ground zero,” the release states.
It is informed that the Minister shared his roadmap for the work to be undertaken in the State in the healthcare sector.
The release adds that the Minister assured that all the demands will be addressed and fulfilled in the coming Budget and that drastic change will be seen on ground in two months after the Budget.
As mentioned earlier, the Minister has sought for some more time to fully equip the hospitals with the required number of specialists like Anaesthetists and Radiologists.
“The Minister has assured that all the hospitals shall be equipped with the required number of nurses, junior doctors, medicines, machines etc as per the IPHS norms and all the services shall be provided free of cost to all the Citizens of the state,” the release adds.