JNIMS doctor on duty at COVID-19 ward collapses; resumes duty on a wheelchair

TMB Report

IMPHAL: A doctor on duty at the COVID-19 ward of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Porompat collapsed unexpectedly on Friday. However, with the help of patient, he got onto a wheelchair and continued with his duty.

The braveheart doctor has been identified as Dr. Th. Uthan.

The doctor, dressed in PPE is said to have collapsed from heat and exhaustion.

During a telephonic conversation, Director JNIMS Professor Th. Bhimo said that he spoke with the Doctor who is fined now and has resumed his duty.

With the increasing number of COVID patients and the passing away of a patient from Leimakhong, the Doctor took charge as a leader of most of the Covid-19 ward floors, the Director informed.

He’s been running forth and back with the PPE in this soaring temperature, treating patients and he suddenly collapsed while coming up the ramp of the ward, Prof. Bhimo said. But he was conscious and rested for a while until a patient picked him up and put him on a wheelchair and pushed him to the ward where he continued, the Professor added.

Professor Th. Bhimo also said that upon asking Dr. Uthan whether he can continue with his duty, he replied that with so patients right now, doctors coming in to replace him, with the PPE and in this heat, they could suffer the same fate as him. So, it is better he continues his duty, Dr. Uthan said to the Director.

The doctor also told him not to send any other doctor as of now as he wishes to continue to carry on his duty till his shift ends, Professor Th. Bhimo said.

Professor Th. Bhimo said that Dr. Uthan is a very dedicated doctor who volunteered to treat the Covid patients since the day JNIMS Covid-19 ward began functioning.

While other doctors are given a week’s shift, he took it upon himself to take more shifts and this is the third week of his continuous shift and it is sad that he collapsed, Prof. Bhimo said.

Meanwhile, many people from different corners of the state have praised and expressed gratitude to Dr. Th. Uthan for his dedication as a doctor after a video of him collapsing on the ramp and a Covid patient helping him onto a wheelchair and pushing him to the Covid-19 ward floors to treat patients went viral on social media.

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