Monday, July 30, 2012

Online petition to appoint doctors, staff at a rural health centre in Mizoram




Paritosh Chakma

THE MIZORAM Chakma Development Forum (MCDF), a social organization working for the development of rural areas in Mizoram, has launched an online petition at www.change.org to get a rural primary health centre (PHC) start functioning. This particular PHC at Borapansury village, near India-Bangladesh border, within CADC in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram has been defunct for the last 20 years, it is said.

The online petition calls upon the Minister of Health and Family Welfare of Mizoram, Lalrinliana Sailo to immediately appoint doctors and staff at this rural primary heath centre. Recently, Mr Sailo had confirmed in the Mizoram Assembly that no doctor is posted at Borapansury PHC but he failed to initiate any further action on this.

Many people, mostly the poorest who cannot go to towns to receive medical care, die in this area each year due to lack of basic healthcare facilities. If functional with doctors, staff and medicines, the Borapansury PHC can cater to a neighbourhood of 17 villages having a combined population of more than 12,000 tribal people, MCDF’s petition claims.

The online petition,launched on Friday, quickly received 42 signatures. The petition is available at https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/health-minister-mizoram-appoint-doctors-and-staff-at-borapunsary-phc

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