Stand-off between health officials on IIPH issue

Shillong, May 29: Director of Health Services (MI) Aman War has criticised Principal secretary in-charge Health, Sampath Kumar for reacting without knowing the facts on May 27 eviction issue at old NIFT campus.

According to War, the incident was actually  related to an alleged abuse against two lady officers of the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS) – Project Director and the Deputy Director – by the Registrar of the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) over the allotment of rooms at the old NIFT campus at the Pasteur Institute.


The land is under the Director of Health Services, who is in charge of all medical institutions.

Kumar had said  the government will seek explanation from the DHS (MI) on the incident.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, War said, “On May 27, I received a call from the Project Director of the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS) that there is a person, who had verbally abused her and her deputy director when they had gone to the old NIFT campus to find that the room which was allotted by me was forced open. So immediately I rushed to the spot in spite of us having the Meghalaya Medical Services Association (MMSA) conference. Having reached the old NIFT campus at Pasteur Institute, I found that the rooms were being used by persons who were initially unknown and had asked them under whose permission they occupied these rooms,” he said.

War said he asked the people who were occupying the rooms to immediately vacate the place because in front of the campus as  there is already a sign which says that “this property is under the DHS (MI) and no trespasses are allowed.

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