NAHARLAGUN, July 5: Health and Family Welfare Minister Biyuram Wahge has acknowledged the contributions of the medical fraternity during the Covid-19 pandemic and discussed the need to improve the health delivery system in the state.

Addressing senior health department officials during the maiden coordination meeting at the Directorate of Health Services in Naharlagun on Friday, the minister emphasized human resource accommodation, health centre upgrades, the recruitment of nursing officers, and the activation of online doctor appointments at TRIHMS.

Waghe urged TRIHMS director Dr Moji Jini to develop cancer screening and awareness campaigns using mass media to reach the general public. He also highlighted the need for nurses to deliver compassionate patient care despite the challenges of workload and inadequate human resources.

Waghe suggested the establishment of a first-aid centre equipped with oxygen facilities at Sela Pass to mitigate high altitude sickness, which has claimed the lives of several tourists in the past. In response to a new Japanese Encephalitis case detected in Deomali, he instructed Dr Techi Mulung, SPO NVBDCP, to ensure the availability of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic kits in the affected district and other endemic areas.

The minister stressed the importance of implementing the action plan drafted by the health department for the first 100 days of governance and urged all five directors—DHS, DFW, DME, Director TRIHMS, and Mission Director NHM—to develop a roadmap for future improvements in the state's health scenario.

Advisor to Health Minister Dr Mohesh Chai Chai emphasized the importance of a robust health system and a comprehensive health policy to ensure that indigenous people do not need to seek treatment outside the state. He advocated for the implementation of teleradiology reporting by TRIHMS for accurate radiology services.

Earlier, Health Services director Dr Riken Rina outlined the current health scenario in the state and highlighted critical issues such as the shortage of medical officers, specialists, and nursing officers, as well as the irrational distribution of human resources and the need for a dedicated directorate complex to accommodate health department staff.