by NEWSNER , 2021-04-16 12:27:44
Kohima will soon have a correct morgue if things go as planned. The government has sanctioned the development to exchange an existing ramshackle morgue at the Paramedical colony.
Principal Director of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Kevichusa Medikhru, while confirming this, informed that Rs. 30 lakh has been sanctioned, under the State Plan 2020-2021, for a replacement morgue.
While stating that Kohima will have a correct morgue during a few months, he said that construction will soon begin at this site after dismantling the old structure.
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In an exclusive report published in November 2020, The Morung Express had highlighted the neglected state of the morgue. Besides the unhygienic conditions, the building itself is crumbling with huge cracks on the walls and cemented floor. Similar is that the condition of the morgue at the District Hospital, Dimapur, which also fails even the essential hygiene requirement.
Meanwhile, the Kohima district health establishment was reported to possess forwarded several representations within the past to the state Health Directorate emphasizing the necessity to rebuild and upgrade the morgue. Though it couldn't be ascertained when, the Directorate finally submitted a proposal, which was approved by the govt.
Speaking to The Morung Express, a politician from the Health Directorate Engineering wing, added that the development will begin during a month approximately and targeting to finish by the top of the year.
While it's welcome news, a doctor expressed concern about the steadiness of the land. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the doctor commented, “Actually that area may be a sinking area. So, it'll be wastage of investment and it’s within the middle of a (residential) colony.”
He disclosed that originally, a neighbourhood behind the NHAK was identified for the development of a morgue but it's not known what happened thereto plan. Nevertheless, “Something is best than nothing,” he remarked while expressing hope that a state-of-the-art mortuary will soon materialise within the Medical College, Kohima. Till such time, he said that an honest morgue is urgently required.
The new morgue will include a changing area, storeroom, mortuary, wash area, specimen preparation area, two toilets, doctor’s room, consultation/police room, lobby and ramp.
The present morgue was a staff quarter before and located during a residential district with no avenue for expansion.