KOHIMA: The Nagaland AYUSH Doctor’s Association (NADA) has stated that it will stage a first phase of agitation from April 29 to May 1, 2014, at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland to “show its resentment and to pursue its demands.” This was mentioned in a press release from NADA’s general secretary, Dr. Shasinlo Magh and president, Dr. Kaito Jakhalu.
Some of the NADA’s demands include creation of a separate AYUSH Set up/AYUSH Department in the State; Post creation for Medical Officer (AYUSH) in District Hospital, Community Health Centre & Primary Health Centers where infrastructure, equipments and medicine has been provided under centrally sponsored scheme for development of AYUSH Hospitals; To progressively increase AYUSH Budget to 10% of the State Health Budget as per Central Council of Health & Family Welfare.
Parity of pay under NRHM, and Implementation of AYUSH Programs and mainstreaming of AYUSH under NRHM as per guideline are the other demands.
The NADA brought to attention that despite “repeated representation, appeal and ultimatum served, the Government of Nagaland continued to remain silent and dormant to meet the demands of the Association.” The “indifferent attitude” of the Government, as per the NADA, compelled the Association to “resort to democratic means to press for its charter of demands.”
In view of the slated agitation, the NADA has appealed to the public to “co-operate with the proposed agitation and the inconveniences highly regretted.” [Source]