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Meghalaya needs to takes its health sector seriously

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya, the hills state bestowed with natural greenery and herbal plants, could be one of the best Health Tourism Sector in the nation. But due to lack of Political will and work culture of the citizen here, the state is facing scarcity of doctors and nurses especially in the rural areas.
At the same time Health Care in the State is beyond the reach of Below Poverty Line sector, as most of the governments owned hospitals are in bad shape. The state could not produce enough medical practitioners in spite of the presence of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) at Mawdiangdiang, Shillong.
Interestingly, while the government and general public alike expressed their concern over the lack of doctors in state, one forgot to look at the support staff – the nurses.

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Are contemporary tribals in Meghalaya losing their traditional values

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The shocking incident of aged mother beaten by son in Ri Bhoi district will force every individual to think if the traditional family values are evaporating in this hill state. The societies here are known to be extremely social conscious, especially during the time of merry making and sorrows, social calls are considered most important. Such degradation in the traditional values is also reflected in day to day affairs.
In the contemporary mad-race societies none seems to have time to hear other’s sorrow or to lend a shoulder for other’s to relinquish grieves, which was most common in the past. Such actions have not only distanced the societies, it have completely isolated each neighboring block also amongst the family too.

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Is Meghalaya adhering to UNICEF direction on disabled kids’ potential

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Releasing its annual State of the World’s Children’s report on June 23, 2013, in Bangladesh, UNICEF representative, Pascal Villeneuve urged the government and other partners to ensure that children with disabilities were a part of the daily lives of their families, communities and societies. He stressed that Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children could achieve than what they could not.
UNICEF has particularly stressed that children with disabilities must be visible, valued and seen as active participants and contributors, rather than beneficiaries of charity. Wide estimate of the report stated that about 93 million children — or one in 20 of those aged 14 or younger — live with a moderate or severe disability of some kind.

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Jaintia Hills insists for overhaul of health care, basic necessities

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Jaintia Hills, the districts know to be blessed with timber and coal, where Mother Nature has showered wealth to the habitants for time immemorial. Hence the ancestors have confined themselves to timber business till the Supreme Court banned timber trade. This got the local populace more aggressive with coal mining, where employing child labour in unscientific rat hole mines hit International headlines.
Just a couple of days back, the state government approved setting up Commission for Protection of Child Rights which is in line with the direction of the union government on the need to protect the rights’ of children.

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It takes seven lives for MeECL to wake-up, regulate electricity regulations

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In any of the industrial estate and the Electrical institution, the very first lesson taught is safety precaution and First Aid. But in practical, as one takes a walk down any street, one can witness houses where balcony is almost touching the overhead lines. Some are just above the tall pine trees or across the congested buildings.
The accident which occurred at Khliehriat on June 27 last could have been avoided if only Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) would have synchronized the Rules and Regulations.

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