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Monday, April 15, 2024

Urgent need to upgrade Wellness Centre at Nongmynsong: Health Minister


The Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr. M Ampareen Lyngdoh on Monday visited the Wellness Centre at Nongmynsong. During the visit, it became evident that there is an urgent need to upgrade the facilities at the Wellness Center due to the importance of the interventions required in the area.

She was accompanied by the MDC of the constituency Fantin J Lakadong, DHS Dr R. Ally, DM&HO Dr Shakina Lyngdoh as well as the Darbar and executive committee members, including Asha’s. It was noticed that, in recent years, much like in other localities and areas around Shillong city, there is a pressing need to address the growing drug problems in and around the city of Shillong. In Nongmynsong, there was also a felt need to stimulate discussions on health and drug-related issues.

Furthermore, it was observed that the Wellness Center had sufficient staff; a doctor with dual responsibilities from Rynjah attended to the residents’ needs in the area. Additionally, there is a need to increase vaccination coverage for minors, especially those who missed their doses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been decided that vaccination coverage, currently at approximately 57% in the entire area, will be intensified. Furthermore, the Wellness Center must also address the increasing cases of non-communicable diseases. There was a consensus that tuberculosis should be addressed on a larger scale, with a focus on raising awareness among the citizens so that they understand that tuberculosis is now a treatable disease.

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