Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital in Imphal

Imphal: Amid the reports of frontline workers of COVID-19 being ill-treated by the society, authorities in Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital in Manipur have expressed concerned and appealed the public not to create an atmosphere of discrimination and fear psychosis among the society.

In the last few months, doctors, nursing officials, paramedics and other frontline workers of RIMS have been facing social stigma related to coronavirus from their localities which undermine health systems, said the statement.

RIMS authority through the statement expressed their anguished over the continued reports of its healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, being ostracised in their localities which is uncalled for.

The social stigma attached to the contagion disease and healthcare workers becoming the target has seemingly an alarming trend in the state and elsewhere which, in fact, the need to improved measure to protect the frontline warriors from any verbal or physical acts of violence.

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In this unprecedented health emergency, frontline workers have been serving the nation as warriors fighting the battle against coronavirus and it is time that we should appreciate them in this difficult time instead of irrational discrimination and stigmatisation, said RIMS media advisor N Philip Singh.

We should not break the morale of our coronavirus warriors but instead salute them for the work they are doing, he added.

The authority has also informed that just because the healthcare workers are working and treating the COVID-19 patients does mean they are infected to the virus.

It is high time that we all should fight this COVID-19 pandemic together and defeats it, it said.

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