IMPHAL: CLP leader Okram Ibobi has slammed the state government over its ineffective management for containment of COVID-19 spread in the state.
Addressing reporters at his Babupara quarter, the former chief minister alleged that the measures taken up by the Government lacked long term vision.
It is quite lucky for the state that so far not a single death case due to COVID-19 is reported. State Government must be consulting with many experts regarding containment of the virus. However, the measures taken up by the Government to contain the spread of the virus is objectionable as it lacks vision. People have been left in a confusion due to various orders issued by the Government from time to time.
Ibobi lauded the sacrifice and dedication of the untrained volunteers working at different quarantine centres.
We also support the complete lockdown imposed by the Government. However, the decision of the Government in declaring containment zones lacks maturity. Decision of the Government to declare whole Thoubal district as containment zone rather than taking up contingent measures in the particular COVID-19 affected village/area by declaring red zone is unacceptable. Such discriminatory measure of the Government has caused immense inconveniences to the common people in the district specially in times of medical emergency and delivery cases. Blocking of movement of people from Thoubal district by the police at Lilong is quite funny, he said.
Stating that people of the district are facing social stigmatisation ever since the announcement of containment zone, he said that hospital and private clinics have refused admission of patients from there. On July 24, a patient undergoing treatment for jaundice from Thoubal district died after doctors denied treatment on the basis of his residence, he added.