NGO asks opposition to be pro-active over JSSK implementation

IMPHAL, September 22: Human Rights Initiative executive director Wahengbam Joykumar today appealed to the opposition parties of the state to take its responsibility of checks and balances with regard to the working of the government seriously and start working for development of the state rather than for political mileage.

Speaking to media persons regarding the implementation of various central sponsored schemes in the state more prominently of the Janani Shishi Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), he said the opposition party should look into the implementation of the JSSK in the state.

The Human Rights Initiative has already submitted a complaint against the state Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary (Health) to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Secretary for taking up action for the implementation of the JSSK in the state, he said.

Copies of the complaint have also been sent to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the PS to the Union Minister, Health and Family welfare among others, he said.

Elaborating on the implementation of the scheme in the state, he continued that the JSSK was launched by the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on June 1, 2011 with the state Chief Minister during the August 15, 2011 celebration declaring that it would be implemented in the state at the earliest.

JSSK provides that pregnant mothers and new born babies are to be provided with the essential items for the delivery cases in hospitals through normal birth or caesarean, he continued.

The HRI has been organizing several awareness campaigns on JSSK and other welfare schemes but to no avail, he said while citing that pregnant women who are brought into government hospitals could not get the benefit of JSSK till date.

The poor have been compelled to spend huge amounts of money during their delivery cases inspite of the assurance from the CM regarding the implementation of the scheme, he declared.

He said public authorities of public hospitals/dispensaries, CHC, PHC and PHSCs including the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences and the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences have failed to provide basic medicines to the patients who were admitted free of cost on the grounds that no medicines are supplied in the hospitals.

He charged that in-patients admitted at the JNIMS are compelled to do even medical laboratory tests in private clinics, while most of the doctors and other paramedical staffs are allowed to practice in private clinics and as such they tend to advise the patients to get treatment at private clinics or laboratories.

“The public health care centres in Manipur have been converted to something where private clinics can earn easy money in collusion with doctors and nurses who are working in public hospitals”, he alleged.

He further cited the case of two pregnant women who were denied the basic medicines and benefits under JSSK and made to undergo tests from private clinics.

He further alleged that according to a reply from the JNIMS Director which included a copy of a letter issued by the State Mission Director, NRHM, Manipur JSSK is not implemented in JNIMS till date.

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