Imphal: In wake of the sensational incident in which a 20-year-old woman who was expecting her first child died along with her unborn baby after hospitals in Imphal refused to render medical services, various civil societies in Manipur have come out condemning the act and appealing for justice.
In a joint statement issued by the Inpui Naga Union (INU), Inpui Naga Women’s Union (INWU) and All Inpui Students’ Union (AISU), the bodies while expressing their utter dismay over the incident, have appealed the inquiry committee constituted by the state government for fair and just investigation.
The civil organisations have also appealed the state government to provide compensation to the victim’s family.
The apex organisations of Inpui community alleged that the deceased, identified as Kanpatliu Kamei of Puichi village under Haochong sub-division in Noney district, lost her life along with her unborn child due to the systematic failure of the healthcare infrastructure in the state, particularly in the hill districts.
We are perturbed by the careless indifferent attitude of the different government hospitals, particularly JNIMS and RIMS and Imphal Hospital, Raj Medicity and Shija Hospital, recognised as the topmost government medical institutions in the state, towards a tribal and most importantly for denying the right to access of healthcare to a pregnant woman, the Inpui CSOs said in a statement.
The apex bodies have raised questions to the five hospitals on the denial admission of the patient despite having COVID-19 negative certificate. Moreover, the state imposing harsh restriction in the name of the pandemic lockdown resulted in the non-COVID-19 patients lacking access to healthcare facilities, they said.
While offering all the necessary information to the inquiry committee for the incident, the bodies have demanded for a fair and just investigation within the stipulated time and bring forth all those involved in the gross negligence and suspend all the medical staff that were part of the gross denial of basic rights to the patient.
Any influence by any vested party in an attempt to protect any person involved in this medical negligence will not be tolerated, warned the CSOs.
The civil organisations also highlighted the poor infrastructure and absence of medical staff at dispensary at Makuilongdi village in Senapati and alleged that the woman would not have faced such fate if there is proper medical facility at the village dispensary.
The victim’s family were currently residing at Makuilongdi village in the district.
There is only one dispensary for about 1,200 population which is not functional and with no medical staff stationed at the village for over two decades, said the statement.