Health minister pitches for Loktak floating dispensary

IMPHAL, 9th Dec: Under Health Department’s mission to improve the health of the state’s citizens, a floating dispensary constructed on a big boat equipped with AYUSH doctors, nurses and medicine will soon be opened to take care of health issues of fishermen at Loktak Lake without posing any hazard to the ecology of the lake, announced health & family welfare, AYUSH minister L Jayantakumar.
Speaking as chief guest at the closing function of Arogya Fair 2018 organised jointly by Directorate of AYUSH, State Medicinal Plants Board and State AYUSH Society at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound here on Sunday, minister Jayantakumar reminded all concerned that fishermen who reside at Loktak Lake are also the citizens of the state. So, it is the government’s responsibility to take care of their health problems.
Many of them cannot afford proper medical care and that’s why, the Health Department has started the initiative of opening a floating dispensary which will provide health care service to them and can be easily accessed by fishermen community, he added.
He further assured that as Loktak Lake is an integral part of state’s identity, plan will be executed in such a manner that it does not harm the ecology of the lake.
Speaking as special guest of honour at the function, Keirao MLA L Rameshwor Meetei pointed out that the age old practice of treating diseases with medicinal plants found in the state has waned in present time. Such plants have no side effects and are affordable, he said and as such organising the fair to promote traditional healing is a right step taken by the government.
The programme was also attended by AYUSH director Dr A Guneshwor Sharma and additional secretary Dr Y Lukhoi.
Winners of painting competition conducted as a part of the Fair were also honoured on the occasion. RK Sanatombi Vidyalaya’s Thiyam Jessina got first position, Irom Nungshithoi Chanu of St George High School second and Kendriya Vidyalaya’s Sunaina Saikhom got third position in Class II to V category.
In the Class VI to IX competition, Pitambara English School’s Venice Keisham won first position, St George High School’s Doulas Keisham second and Kendriya Vidaylaya Lamphel’s Linthoi Sapam secured third position.

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