Action against hospitals denying treatment to non-Covid patients: Govt
IMPHAL: A pregnant woman died early Thursday morning at the entrance of Shija Hospitals after she was allegedly refused admission by other hospitals in Imphal.
Reports say the expecting mother, identified as Mrs. Kachakna Kamei, age about 20, from Puichi Village, Noney district was denied medical help for delivery by about five hospitals they approached at Imphal.
As per reports, the patient group went weeping and begging the whole night through, from hospitals to hospitals but were turned away by all of them. And as they reach Shija Hospitals at about 4:00 in the morning, Mrs. Kamei died at the entrance of the hospital, before they could get inside.
The family went back in the ambulance from the entrance without even entering the Shija Hospitals, witness informed.
One might recalled that a patient from Lilong also died last month when he was referred from one hospital to another as he was refused treatment. He died at the gate of JNIMS.
Following the tragic incident, the Governor of Manipur has constituted an Enquiry Committee consisting of the following Officials viz. Dr. H.Babychand, Addl. Director (Plg). Medical Directorate, Lamphel as Chairperson and Dr. Y. Premchandra, Deputy Director, (PH), Medical Directorate, Lamphel as Member.
The Governor also ordered that all concerned Hospitals shall extend cooperation to the Enquiry Committee while stating that the Enquiry Committee shall submit the report within a period of one week from the date of constitution of this Committee to the Health Department.
Meanwhile, a statement from the health department said it is noticed with concern that many health care facilities are denying service to patients due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued instructions on ensuring that non COVID health services should continue. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also issued instructions for Hospitals, Veterinary Hospitals and all related Medical Establishments, both in public and private sector, to continue to remain functional, V. Vumlunmang Principal Secretary, Health and FW, Govt of Manipur said in the order.
As per the order, the government has instructed all government hospitals and private hospitals to ensure that all patients who reach their facility are attended to promptly, especially emergency and time bound cases. Each hospital/health facility shall designate responsible staff to ensure there is no denial of service, V. Vumlunmang said.
To enable prompt COVID testing, State Government will provide Rapid Antigen Kits through the Directorate of Health Services, he adding while warning that any violations will be viewed very severely and action will be taken under the Manipur Nursing Homes & Clinical Registration Act, 1992 etc. Action may also be taken under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 for failure to comply with directions of the State Government, the principal secretary said.