Updated 11 Apr 2022, 6:16 pm
Former Manipur State League player Demlenlal alias Lalneo Khongsai from Chalwa village under Tujang Vaichong Sub Division in Kangpokpi district reportedly died after suffering from shortness of breath at around 8.30 am on Monday. He was 35.
Demlenlal, son of (L) Khuppao Khongsai was immediately rushed to T Vaichong PHC, the nearest healthcare centre in the area, according to one Lalboi, a relative of Demlenlal. But no doctors were available at the health centre, he said.
When they tried to provide oxygen through an oxygen concentrator, there was no current and no generator available in the health centre, he added.
The patient was immediately brought to Kangpokpi District Headquarters, but owing to the mudslide which occurred in the morning at Lamlenkon, they were late in reaching, he said, adding that when they reached Kangpokpi Christian Hospital, the doctor declared him brought dead.
The non-availability of an ambulance is also one of the main factors for the delay in reaching the town in time.
Lalneo Khongsai is survived by his wife and three children.
Demlenlal was a noted football player of JSYC Sadar Hills. He led the Sadar Hills team into the prestigious Manipur State League in 2012 after winning the winner's cup in 2011.
He was compelled to retire from playing football following the death of his father as sport could not provide sufficient income to run a family.
On learning about the incident, KSO Sadar Hills along with KSO Twilang block met the chief medical officer Kangpokpi at her office chamber and put up the matters for necessary action while discussing means and ways so that such undesirable incidents do not reoccur.
The chief medical officer said, “I have been trying my best in my capacity to provide sufficient manpower and infrastructure at T Vaichong PHC considering its importance and necessity for the people.” She also assured to work in her capacity as a chief medical officer so that such incidents do not reoccur in the area.
“Since only two doctors of the five sanctioned posts are available, I have posted two more doctors from the CMO Pool at T Vaichong PHC. Mostly, the doctors have to travel in a passenger vehicle, and it takes time to reach the health centre owing to the bad road condition,” she said.
Dr Akhtar Hussian, utilised at T Vaichong PHC, was on duty at the health centre and his roster reportedly culminated on Sunday. He had allegedly left the PHC early on Monday before the arrival of Dr Arif Khan, who was to replace him.
Dr Arif Khan was reportedly on his way to the PHC when the incident took place.
A KSO Sadar Hills representative questioned why Dr Akhtar Hussian had left the PHC before his replacement arrived at the centre and why Dr Arif Khan came only in the morning of Monday for duty when he was aware of the distance and condition of the road.
“This is complete negligence on the part of the two doctors and they both are responsible for the loss,” KSO Sadar Hills president Hemin Kipgen asserted.
He also accused the state government and the authority concerned with such unwanted incidents, stating that this is not the first time such incidents have occurred in the area.
“We have been alerting the state government and authorities concerned on various occasions but nothing has been done till today... We had apprised the state government and authorities concerned about the previous such incidents and also to take preventive measures to avoid the recurrence of such incidents beforehand,” he added.
The KSO Sadar Hills along with the KSO Twilang block have further apprised the state government and authorities concerned about the non-availability of doctors and infrastructure at T Vaichong PHC, apart from the all-time pathetic road conditions and the recent frequent mudslide at Lamlenkon which has become main concerned in the area, he added.
“We also demanded to provide adequate doctors and infrastructure including an ambulance at the PHC at the earliest apart from providing all-season roads in the area to save lives of the people during an emergency but nothing has been done till today rather more lives have been lost day by day,” he added.
Meanwhile, JSYC Sadar Hills expressed heartfelt condolence over the untimely demise of its former player Lalneo Khongsai and conveyed the club's solidarity to the bereaved family.
The Kangpokpi Youth Union also conveyed its deepest condolence over the untimely demise of Lalneo Khongsai while recalling that the youth union had lifted the first Mangboi Trophy in 2008 at Motbung with the help of Lalneo Khongsai.
First published:11 Apr 2022, 5:59 pm
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IFP Correspondent, KANGPOKPI