Public-Nurse clash in Mizoram over maternity deaths
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Public-Nurse clash in Mizoram over maternity deaths

Mizoram Govt faces confrontation between Nurses Service Association and MHIP - a women's organisation - regarding maternity deaths.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2005 01:56 IST

The government of Mizoram is at pains to sort out a growing confrontation between the Mizoram Government Nurses Service Association (MGNSA) at the civil hospital of Aizwal, and the Mizo Hmeichhe Insuikhawm Pawl (MHIP) - a women's organisation that has complained against the nurses. The complain is against two maternity deaths that occurred in May and August this year.

Strangely enough, the nurses who claim that they are short staffed have demanded that the MHIP retract their appeal. The appeal has been filed to the State Health Minister R Tlanghmingthanga asking for an inquiry into the deaths of the two women. The organization has demanded that those responsible for the deaths should be punished.

Fearing further trouble, and that too in a state with poor medical services, senior medical officials have appealed the public to calm down in order to prevent a breakdown of services at the Civil Hospital. The State Health Minister has informed the nurses that "four more nurses" would be recruited immediately on contract basis to help out in the maternity ward. This could only be described as a pointer of the "health service" that exists in the state.

Hill states such as Nagaland and Mizoram often have appalling medical facilities with patients having to travel to Guwahati for any treatment. Most State Capitals, barring Guwahati do not have computerized tomography or CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facilities. The condition in the other districts, expectedly is much worse.

(By arrangement with Newsfile)

First Published: Aug 25, 2005 01:56 IST