Imphal: The All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), has demanded stern action against doctors and medical staffs who fail to report to duty to respective posting places amid the pandemic outbreak.
ANSAM saluted the frontline warriors fighting against COVID-19. “Your sacrifice has saved us this far, yet the war hasn’t ended; our prayer and moral support will be always with you to keep fighting boldly all humanity,” they said in a press release.
However, those doctors and medical staff who failed to report for duty their respective posting places, especially hill districts, should be given a befitting punishment, it stated.
While appreciating the state government’s role in tackling the high rate of infection and death, the body also drew the government’s attention to making a comprehensive and proactive policy program to flatten the surge of COVID-19 and evolve a holistic mechanism to treat the entire COVID-19 positive patient promptly.
“The already-grim situation is worsening, which sought for a great deal of responsibility and accountability from all stakeholders. Despite all challenges, the government must ensure fair and just facility for every citizen,” said Thohrii Khrasi, information and publicity secretary, ANSAM in a press release.
“In this light, we would like to put forward straight to all the ministers and various authorities and august personalities in the state to stretch out your hands beyond your locality and constituency,” he added.
The student body further urged the state government to put extra effort in rural areas with no or little access to proper medical facilities instead of its usual lethargically and lackadaisical actions. All district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, and SPHCs should be ensured adequate medical doctors, nurses, staffs and basic necessary equipment and facilities, it said.
Proper manpower and health equipment in the hill districts will drastically subside the overcrowding and increasing death toll in the state, especially in two premier institute RIMS and JNIMS in Imphal.
The state is facing a medical crisis owing to the rapid rise of COVID-19 positive cases, and reportedly, patients with COVID-19 are overflowing at the hospitals, including the JNIMS.
This has caused massive concern among healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses who are overloaded with work.
ANSAM also stated that most of the COVID-19 care centres (CCC) are under management, the hygienic standard of toilets are at stake, which is a big challenge for all the inmates with different health background in the same centre.
“We urge the government to immediate redress of such basic public grievances. The government may also adopt a policy program for engagement/recruitment of health and sanitary workers in different level, be it temporary to meet the increasing shortage of manpower in the state,” it said.