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Naga Hospital gets modern research lab

Kohima, Oct. 29: Nagaland minister for health and family welfare Kuzholuzo Nienu inaugurated the DBT Healthcare Laboratory and Research Centre at Naga Hospital here today.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Nienu reminded people that the Naga Hospital, which was built by the British rulers around 1905-06, was over 105 years old now and was the only hospital in the state with several specialists.

He extended his gratefulness to the department of biotechnology (DBT) under the Union ministry of science and technology for the project that envisages a modern diagnostic laboratory research with world-class equipment and skilled manpower.

Nienu expressed his appreciation for the tireless efforts by principal investigator Dr V. Khamo towards making the project a success.

Stating that the centre was the first and only medical research laboratory in the state, the minister requested the department of biotechnology to continue supporting the centre to upgrade it into an autonomous research centre.

He also requested doctors and research scientists to contribute towards development of healthcare in the state.

Red cross misuse

The Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland state branch, in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland headquarters, and International Committee of the Red Cross, organised a silent procession today from Red Cross office to a local ground downtown.

Speakers, including the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland, general secretary Zakie Kire and its vice-chairman Dr R. ZinyŁ, dwelt on the importance and correct usage of the Red Cross emblem, which is often misused by healthcare service providers.

The Red Cross is an impartial and neutral humanitarian organisation offering relief services to the poor and needy. It has its significant presence in 186 countries.

The Red Cross emblem is a sign of neutrality and impartiality and national and international laws regulate its use with specific guidelines stating that it is not the emblem of the medical profession.

But there is rampant misuse of the emblem by medical personnel, pharmacies, hospitals and private organisations operating ambulance services, though it can only be used by those belonging to the Red Cross movement and army medical services personnel who are involved in humanitarian work mainly in times of armed conflicts and natural disasters.