Medical staffs holds rally, demands implementations of medical service act
IMPHAL | Aug 8 : Demanding a stoppage to violence against medical staff, and implementation of Manipur Medicare service person and Medicare service institution (prevention of violence and damage of loss of property) act, medical staffs today conducted a rally at Lamphel area.
The rally was organised under the aegis of Indian Medical Association-MSB. It took off from Indian medical association (IMA) hall and after passing Langol View hospital the rally passed Sorbon Thingel road and ended at IMA hall.
As per records available to IMA state branch, more than 50 incidents of violence towards Health Care Providers (HCPs) took place during the last 3-4 years in the state. The latest incident took place in Thoubal District Hospital on the evening of July 28, 2018.
In the said incident, a 7-year old boy passed away and the deceased’s side took up allegations that the cause of the death was due to the negligence and undutiful act of the two posted doctors at Thoubal district hospital. The doctors are namely, Dr. Thangjam Kalidas and Dr. Suraj Naoram.
Speaking to media personnel during a press conference held today at IMA hall located at Lamphel, Kalidas said they are disappointed by the allegations against them. The boy was brought to the hospital without having any signs of life. After performing the last procedure to save the life of the boy, the two doctors consulted each other and gave Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). As the procedure could not revive the boy, they declared him dead.
He said the patient’s side brought the boy again claiming that the boy was alive. As they did not find any new changes in the condition of the boy, they declared him dead again. Due to emotional frustration experienced by the patient’s side at the situation, they began taking up confrontations with the hospital staffs alleging that the cause of death was due to lack of duty by the staffs, he added. When the doctors tried to give an explanation, some of the patient’s party got violent and started physically assaulting them before even saying a word, Kalidas said.
Suraj, another victim of the incident, condemned the allegations made by the deceased’s side. In the next few days, they further alleged that while checking the doctor’s room, they also found alcohol and made charges that the boy was treated by the doctors after being intoxicated, he stated.
Suraj further said that many staffs enter the room, and while giving medical treatment the doctors never consume alcohol as they are meant to save the lives of patients. He extended his condolences over the demise of the boy while adding that putting up allegations against them is not genuine.
Former secretary of IMA state branch, Sachindra Laishram said such incidents have become an increasing trend and also the scale of violence inflicted to HCPs and establishments are on the rise. This increasing distrust between HCPs and the general public has caused a profound repercussion on the health care system of the state.
The association have also submitted a memorandum to the chief minister, health minister and director, health services appraising them about our grievances, he added.
What the general public has to realise is that the doctors and the staff are just employees of the Health department.
He said the public should realise that doctors and staffs cannot be held responsible for failure of the health care system. Almost all of the district hospitals and other centres in the periphery suffer from lack of equipment and manpower.
There are only 1505 doctors in the state both in public and private centres. Of this, 643 doctors are in RIMS, JNIMS and different private hospitals. “This leaves us with only 862 doctors to man 563 public healthcare facilities in Manipur,” he stated. IMA-Manipur state branch stands that this skewed system needs to be corrected by the authorities to prevent disappointment among the general public about the lack of quality of service in the periphery, Sachindra added.
The rally was taken part by Indian Medical Association, Manipur State Branch (IMA, MSB); Doctors of Manipur Health Services, Indian Dental Association; RIMS Nurses Association; Association of Surgeons of India, Manipur State Chapter; Association of Physicians of India; Imphal Obstetrics Gynecological Society; All Manipur Ayush Doctors Association; TNAI; Nursing staff and Grade IV of Thoubal District Hospital; All Manipur Pharmacists Association and Staffs and representatives of various private hospitals and Clinics of Manipur took out a rally against rising violence towards Doctors and Health care establishments.
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