All COVID-19 wards at JNIMS are full and overflowing with patients
JNIMS Imphal Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Extending support to the nationwide stir by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) protesting against the Center’s move allowing Ayurvedic practitioners to perform surgeries, medical fraternity in Manipur on Friday ceased work for 12 hours.

Normal medical services in government and private hospitals in the state were affected following the doctors and other medical staff called for ceased work from 6 am to 6 pm.

At Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), a state-run hospital in Imphal, all general OPDs and other departments were closed, except emergency services and COVID-19-related treatment.

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Speaking with EastMojo, JNIMS Teachers’ Association President and Associate Professor at the Department of Community Medicine Dr KB Singh said, “We respect the Ayurvedic system because it has benefits to treat various other types of diseases. But it is not the modern system of medicine, and there shouldn’t be mixing of streams.”

However, despite the agitation for 12 hours, it did not have a big impact on the regular functioning of the hospital since people continue to reluctant to visit hospitals unless for medical emergency cases amid the pandemic.

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