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Mobile Air Dispensaries In The North-East

Najma Heptulla, Manipur Governor announced on Sunday that the state will have flying doctors for the needy patients in the remote areas. Civil Aviation Ministry had sanctioned 25 crore through the North-Eastern Council for flying doctors' in the State.

Mobile Air Dispensaries In The North-East

Government announces mobile air dispensary for remote places

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Manipur will have flying doctors for the needy patients in remote areas
  2. All districts and villages in Manipur will be covered by flying doctors
  3. Flying doctors will be a reality soon
Najma Heptulla, Manipur Governor announced on Sunday that the state will have flying doctors for the needy patients in the remote areas. Civil Aviation Ministry had sanctioned Rs 25 crore through the North-Eastern Council for flying doctors' in the State. At the prize distribution function of Japan Hospital Manipur, Ms. Heptulla said that she had been persuading Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others to take up the project. She also said she first came to know of the flying doctors during her visits to foreign countries, where doctors and paramedical staff rush in well-stocked helicopters to treat patients who have no access to hospitals.

"Now all districts and villages in the valley and hills in Manipur shall be covered by the flying doctors," she added. Though Manipur Health Minister L. Jayentakumar has been trying to ensure that all hospitals and dispensaries in the remote areas are open round the clock, it has become difficult as the doctors and other staff faces the shortage of accommodation.

Some weeks back, doctors and paramedical staff who were going to join duty in the newly created Kamjong district were robbed of cash, mobile handsets and valuables.

There were reports of avoidable deaths and childbirths by the roadside as the people in the hills and remote villages were deprived of medicare. Ms. Heptulla said she was glad that flying doctors would be a reality soon.

She expressed serious concern over the health conditions in Manipur. Dr Heptulla said that now it is necessary to remove the miseries of the people regarding health related matters in spite of the state being endowed with such a beautiful climate and great biodiversity.

She said, investment for eradication of diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, cholera etc. and also  prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and H1N1 in the context of Manipur is of great economic value. The state is also facing the challenge posed by a bout of dengue and Japanese Encephalitis. But Dr Heptulla ensured that they shall overcome such diseases.
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