IMPHAL: The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Manipur State Branch has strongly condemned the manner in which the doctors and healthcare providers involved in the Covid-19 treatment in the state are being made to pay for hotel quarantine service as per the Secretariat memorandum no 31/8/2020-M (Pt-II) dated 29th June 2020.
In a press release signed by both the president and State Secretary of IMA, Manipur State Branch Dr. Shyamkumar Laishram and Dr. Ng. Arunkumar Singh respectively, it was informed that while the other states are providing free quarantine for healthcare providers even in five star hotels, the way the covid-19 frontline workers in the state are made to pay for the hotel quarantine comes as a mockery to their dedication and commitment in fighting the pandemic. Such an inconsiderate decision on the part of the authority will definitely dampen the morale of the Covid-19 frontline workers, added the release.
Taking serious note on the matter, the association appealed to the concerned authority to revoke the Secretariat memorandum immediately in the larger interest of the state. The IMA, Manipur State Branch remains committed in supporting the decisions made by the All Manipur Health Services Doctors Association, Teachers and Medical Officers Association, RIMS and JNIMS Teachers Association in this regard, asserted the release.
The JNIMS Teachers Association has also endorsed the memorandum of AMHSDA on free quarantine centre for all health care providers. In a statement to the chief minister, the association said that when the health care providers are to be utilized for efficient management of current pandemic such arrangement will discourage those working as frontline health care provider often risking their life for the sake of others and for the welfare of the State. The association termed as unfortunate the order for paid quarantine in hotel designated by the home department as paid quarantine centre on Self payment for those healthcare workers involved in different Covid Care Centers across the State. It further stated that it endorses the memorandum no. 143/19. Dated
30/06/2020 submitted by AMHSDA and requested the chief minister to arrange dedicated quarantine centers free of cost for all health care providers involved in treatment of Covid-19 patients in hospitals and Covid Care Centres across the State.