IMPHAL: A team of volunteers of six students’ organizations namely AMSU, MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK and AIMS, conducted another round of enquiry at state run and private hospitals in the state on Sunday in order to carry out a spot study and took stock of the existing treatment facilities there. According to the students’ bodies, the investigation was carried out in the middle of the overwhelming scare generated due to the Covid-19 pandemic and growing incidents of patients with non-Covid diseases coming face to face with adverse realities in getting medical treatment and a resultant rise in death of patients due to deprivation of medical care.
According to a statement, the destinations the inspection teams made it to were Asian Hospital in Kwakeithel and Iboyaima Hospital in Singjamei. At the first hospital, the team found out routine treatment services being carried out in abeyance with the SoP framed by the health department. Moreover, the hospital was found to have acquired the lab facility to test the patients coming for treatment and also admitting patients with certificates of testing received from other labs. The staff are reporting to the hospital for duty exactly like in the normal times and confessed that so far none of them have encountered any untoward behavior or stigmatization from people in their neighbourhood over fear of them spreading Coronavirus at the proximity of their homes. It was also learnt that testing kits for Covid-19 were provided on a regular basis by the state health department.
Smooth functioning at Iboyaima Hospital was observed with keen adherence to the stipulated SoPs and testing facilities for Covid-19 was also noted to be available at the hospital. The hospital also admits patients who had done their tests from outside labs. Supply of medical kits by the state health department was also found to be satisfactory. However, due to declaration of containment zones in their respective localities some of the staffs at the hospital including doctors could not report for duty resulting in inadvertent reduction in the staff strength and resultant predicament.
The students’ organizations have announced that similar inspections of hospitals will be continued with the purpose of finding out the reality of medical services being provided in the hospitals during the outbreak. The demand for conversion of JNIMS into a Covid-19 dedicated hospital and opening up of RIMS for treatment of others health problems was put up again.