IMPHAL: The Joint Students’ Body which includes All Inpui Students’ Union, Liangmai Naga Katimai Ruangdi, Rongmei Naga Students’ Organization Manipur and Zeme Students’ Organization Manipur has stated that it will go ahead with the proposed indefinite bandh of national project and National Highway-37 from midnight of November 29, 2020, as the ultimatum of ten days given to the state administration has expired. However, the joint body noted that the agitation will be against the government’s failure to comply with the demand which is in the larger interest of the public, and will be democratic.
In a press release the body stated that the ultimatum which was set for ten days was served on November 16, 2020 following the unfruitful outcome of several appeal to the State government, where in the body highlighted the acute shortage of doctors, x-ray and ultrasound facilities, lab technician and other manpower in the health facility at Tamenglong district.
The body also demanded the setting up of a blood bank and a dialysis unit taking into consideration the grave need for such emergency facilities in the district. It recounted that a memorandum was submitted to the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, government of Manipur on November 23, 2020.
It mentioned that the demands were made after the joint students’ body had inspected the Tamenglong District Hospital and other CHCs, PHCs under Tamenglong and Noney Districts viz Nungba, Tamei, Khoupum Tousem and Haochong. The team also interacted with the District administration including the chief medical officer and other medical officers, the release said.
Further, the body expressed that the district hospital lacks in every aspect of medical facilities to qualify as one. There are no specialist doctors for medicine, pediatrics, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgeon, general surgeon, radiology and psychiatry. In a rather shocking revelation, the release claimed that the Tamenglong district hospital has been functioning without X-ray and ultrasound for a long time.
The bandh will be relaxed for medical emergencies, PHED, Electricity Department, and security force. The joint student’s body appealed to the general public and likeminded civil organizations to cooperate and support its campaign until the demands are fulfilled.