The Kuki Students' Organisation Sadar Hills on Thursday stated that the closure of all healthcare centres in Kangpokpi due to the strike by All Manipur Health Services Doctors' Association has begun to affect the people and urged the authorities to resolve the matter at the earliest.
A team of KSO Sadar hills visited Kangpokpi district hospital and various other health centres in Kangpokpi district which were closed for the past few days owing to the indefinite strike imposed by All Manipur Health Services Doctors' Association.
The KSO Sadar Hills team led by its president Satminthang Kipgen found all the healthcare centres in Kangpokpi, except private institutions, closed and locked while no hospital authority or staff were seen at the health centres.
Speaking to the media, Satminthang Kipgen said that the closure of all healthcare centres in Kangpokpi prompted them to visit the health centres to take stock of the situation as people have started to suffer from the impasse.
“Even the people in the medical profession were compelled to resort to such extreme agitations and we are in a sorry state of affairs,” he added.
He also said that the indefinite strike has been enforced by the AMHSDA as a final course of action owing to the state government’s failure to consider the demands of the doctors despite repeated appeals and assurances made to discuss the issues in the cabinet meetings.
The demands of the doctors include time bound promotion, enhancement of superannuation age to 65 years, creation of several director posts, NPA as per 7th Pay Commission, implementation of proposed MHS Rules 2020, etc. which the state Government reportedly considered legitimate.
He further highlighted the various grievances of the people owing to the closure of the hospitals and health centres. He further raised concern that the prolonged strike by the doctors will prove disastrous to the public. The authority concerned and the state government must hammer out a resolution at the earliest, he added.
Doctors resume strike; indefinite shutdown paralyses state health services in Manipur