ZHRF endorses RIMS’ appeal, calls for understanding health service providers

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The Zomi Human Rights Foundation (ZHRF) has fully endorsed the appeal made by the RIMS authority to understand the difficulties undergone by the health service providers in the state in dispensing their duties in the backdrop of the Covid-19 related situation, and with folded hands appealed to the general population to acknowledge their sacrifices.

A press release of ZHRF signed by its secretary information and publicity department Zomang, stated that the doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other frontline health workers of both the private and government health care facilities, drivers and personnel of the law enforcing agency have been doing the noblest job of saving precious life by providing the best of services catering to the needs, both saving the lives of an individual and making available the supply of all essential commodities to the community; enforcing, regulating, and maintaining the law and order situation at this time of Corona pandemic.

They are serving the Nation as warriors in the battle against the Covid-19. The sacrifices they made beyond the call of duty, their selfless dedication by staying with the patients at Covid Care Centre for weeks together without the comforts of their homes, foods and other luxuries cannot be put out of mind in the memories of a reasonable man. They are fighting the battle at the frontline to save the life of a Covid-19 patient, and in doing so they also protect the general masses from infection, said the statement.

Zomang in the release further said that it is well known that doctors, nurses, paramedics and frontline health workers are stringently adhering to the standard operating procedures as laid down by the Health Ministry, Government of India and the WHO while attending to a Covid-19 patient. They also equipped themselves with all the personal protective gears, putting on the protective dress for hours together while treating the patient. The disease cannot be transmitted to others from one who is properly equipped by putting on a protective dress. The virus is not transmitted to the doctors, nurses, para medics and frontline health workers easily as was considered to be. They are not infected by providing treatment to the Covid-19 patient. Moreover, drivers and the personnel of the law enforcing agency were sensitized and also provided with sufficient information and supplied with protective gears to prevent the spread of the disease to them and through them.

In its conclusion the release appealed to the general population and the citizenry to acknowledge the sacrifices and contribution render by the doctors, nurses, paramedics and frontline health workers, drivers and personnel of the law enforcing agency while fighting the Coronavirus and also to appreciate and cheer them for the noble job that they have done.

The foundation further appealed to the general population to welcome them home and into our community with a wide open arm and with a smile on our face. Stigmatizing them is an offence which is tantamount to a violation of their rights guaranteed by the laws of the land, added the statement. 

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