Imphal: Manipur police has arrested two people for assaulting health workers and vandalising equipment, including oxygen concentrators, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal following the death of a COVID-19 patient on Saturday.
Okram (O) Gypsy Devi, 33, was admitted to JNIMS on May 23 with severe COVID-19 complications. The two people arrested by Porompat police are said to be the husband and sister of Devi, who succumbed to the disease on Saturday.
Soon after her passing, Devi’s relatives started blaming the doctors of negligence and vandalised the COVID-19 ICU ward.
The entire episode was recorded on the hospital’s CCTVs.
The Indian Medical Association of Manipur State Branch (IMA-MSB) strongly condemned the incident.
“Vandalising hospital property and manhandling doctors on duty is a matter of great shame for the state and insults the whole medical community, especially in a time when the state is facing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic,” the association said in a statement.
While condoling the untimely demise of the woman, the association demanded exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of the violence to be booked under the Manipur Medicare Service Personnel and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2015 and Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Ordinance 2020.
“If such instances of violence against Medicare personals and institutions continue without any legal actions against those responsible than the whole COVID-19 care may be hindered by these acts of senseless violence,” cautioned the association.