Biren instructs to serve show cause notice to private hospital

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday said he had instructed principal secretary (health) to serve a show cause notice to the private hospital which abstained from attending to an expecting mother.

Biren made this remark on Tuesday expressing anguish over the incident of not attending to the expecting mother in a private hospital which went viral on social media.

“There is no point to open hospitals if there is no willingness to attend to the patients who require medical emergency,” he said.

Stating that the medical profession is known as a humanity service, the chief minister said that hospital authorities can’t think for money and business alone.

He sought for a collective effort to fight Covid-19.

The chief minister was speaking at ambulance distribution function held at his secretariat.

Biren handed over one ambulance each to the chief medical officers of Noney, Imphal East, Tengoupal, Imphal West and the authority of directorate of health services in order to strengthen the frontline warriors in the fight against Covid-19.

Biren said apart from considering to open more Covid care centres, the state government is trying to fulfill other requirements one by one to effectively tackle the pandemic. As the virus is novel, it is hard to predict what shape the pandemic would take in the state, so there is need to remain alert and act accordingly from time to time, he added.

Maintaining that half-baked knowledge and opinions about the virus may create mass panic, Biren urged the public not to share opinion or apprehension based on assumption on the media.

“Whoever makes or circulates a false alarm or warning leading to panic is liable to be imprisoned up to one year according to the Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” the chief minister cautioned.

In the past three months with Covid-19 pandemic, the government of Manipur purchased 14 ambulances. The first two were handed over to Pherzawl and Thoubal districts in June this year. The next two went to Bishnupur district and directorate of health services in the same month.

The Directorate’s ambulance is being used at Covid care centre, Lamboi Khongnangkhong. The 3rd batch of ambulances was handed over to Jiribam and Imphal West districts while three more ambulances will be given to the remaining districts in the next couple of days.

These are all additional ambulances to the existing ALS Ambulances on the road since 2018. The strength of the ambulance fleet which has been put on COVID duty round the clock now stands at 25.

Health mnister L. Jayantakumar and water resources minister Letpao Haokip, among others, were present at the function.

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