Imphal: In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old girl who recovered from COVID-19 was forced to travel over 100 km on an autorickshaw after being discharged from JNIMS hospital in Imphal.
The girl from Skipe village in Kamjong district discharged from the hospital on Sunday after she was declared COVID-19 negative. The hospital did not provide her an ambulance to drop her either to her village or district headquarters for community quarantine.
Speaking to EastMojo, Zingshongam, the girl’s father, said that no vehicle or taxi was willing to transport his daughter to Kamjong after knowing her case. “JNIMS Hospital dropped my daughter till Khuman Lampak in Imphal by an ambulance and after that, we were asked to arranged another vehicle on the explanation that the ambulance is not authorised to cross the district,” he said.
“We went from one pillar to another requesting government officials to arrange either an ambulance or a vehicle to drop my daughter to at least up till district headquarters but all in vain,” says Zingshongam.
Luckily, a young woman auto driver from Pangei volunteered to dropped my daughter, he added. As per reports, the girl was discharged from the hospital at around 3 pm, however, by the time they started the journey for Kamjong, it was already 6 pm. They reached the destination on the next day by around 2:30 am, travelling over 100 km from Imphal city.
Latest development suggest that the good samaritan, lady auto driver, who helped he is also in trouble. He locality members want her quarantined for ferrying the COVID-19 recovered woman to Kamjong district.
The COVID-19 recovered woman is undergoing another 14 days’ community quarantine at Kangpat village, which is around five hours drive from the district headquarters. She will undergo another COVID-19 test after the completion of community quarantine period. The girl, who was working as a staff nurse in a private hospital in Kolkata, had arrived in Manipur by bus on May 13 and later, she was tested positive for COVID-19 on May 15.
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