SHILLONG, Dec 08: The Meghalaya High Court has sought a report from experts on deficiencies that are present in Meghalaya’s health services.
During a hearing on the issue which was held on Friday, the division bench comprising the Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice SR Sen in its order said, “Before we issue direction regarding the same, at the first instance we are inclined to have a report from the experts.”
The affidavit filed by the Joint Secretary of Health & Family Welfare department has informed that the government shall make all endeavours to address the deficiencies regarding manpower in all government hospitals and health centres in a phase manner.
However, the government has not indicated as to when, how in what manner the same will be done.
Earlier in its order issued on July 2, this year, the bench had directed for the inclusion of at least three experts from the health department to provide expert suggestions to the Supervisory Committee constituted in this regard based on which a road map has to be prepared to ensure a ‘robust health care facility’ in the state.
The experts will also suggest measures regarding deficiencies in health sector so that those are removed by the state authorities.
In compliance with this, ASG A Paul during the hearing also furnished the list of three doctors – Dr Devi Prasad Shetty (Cardiologist), Dr Samiran Nundy (Gastrointestinal surgeon) and Dr Sadhan Brata Das (Internal Medicine).
The bench however directed the advocate and Registrar (Judicial) to contact the three experts for their consent before the Committee is constituted. The next hearing on the matter is scheduled to be held on December 14.