COVID Hospital Dimapur under scanner

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/2/2020 1:14:42 PM IST

Reacting to reports alleging failures and shortcomings in the functioning of COVID Hospital in Dimapur, the NPF Dimapur division and Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD) have appealed to the government and concerned health authority to initiate a through inquiry into the matter and also to ensure that all concerned are given proper treatment and tests. 

NPF Dimapur division: NPF Dimapur division in a press release by president Thungchanthung Lotha based on such reports stated that “number of patients going to COVID Hospital were either send back from the hospital without samples being taken for COVID-19 test or denied admission for treatment in the hospital despite being in critical condition.” Maintaining that such incidents highlighted in various media platform “degrade the morale of the common people beside questioning the credibility and responsibilities of medical officers on COVID duty at the COVID Hospital, Dimapur and also of the state government”, the NPF Dimapur division expressed that “any patient with Covid-19 related sickness going to the hospital for treatment or tests must not be deprived of the facilities and must be treated equally.” 

ASTD: Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD) has expressed dissatisfaction over the manner in which the Medical fraternity/concerned authority especially the COVID-19 Hospital, Dimapur has been tackling COVID-19 patients in particular and those suffering from different case of sickness in general. 

A press release by ASTD president, L. Wati Jamir and general secretary, K. Mar Lemtur cited “the record in the recent past that only after when a person/patient died that the COVID-19 is either being tested or confirmed positive” where the patient was at first either declined to get admitted in the hospital or sent back/referred to another hospital on the excuse of COVID-19 test report.

Pointing out that such inordinate action on the part of medical fraternity has put a “strong adamant and fear psychosis” in the mind of the general public, the ASTD queried as to whether the lives of those patients could have been saved if these tests were done in time and admitted accordingly in hospital. 

Citing that COVID-19 related bodies should be disposed at the earliest possible by following SOP of COVID-19 death, the ASTD stated that “in some instant case happened at Dimapur alone, the concerned authority have manifestly acted in quite the contrary to the COVID-19 dead body disposal protocols”, whereby the state health authority needed to come up-front and respond to reported cases of death that are turning up as COVID-19 positive before it is too late.

While also supporting the queries put forth by the DUCCF, GB’s Union and DNSU on the functioning of BSL-2, as to why the lone COVID-19 testing laboratory in Dimapur district is at CIHSR, the ASTD urged the authority concerned to keep the testing laboratory functional and intact on war footing. It also urged the state government to immediately install a BSL-3 lab at District Hospital, Dimapur (COVID-19 hospital) as has been earlier emphasized and demanded jointly by NCD and NWHD respectively. 

ASTD further welcomed the blueprint of deputy commissioner, Dimapur to take steps for setting up of TrueNat machine in private hospitals in Dimapur district, whereby ASTD appealed the state govt to instruct and encourage private hospitals in the state to set up TrueNat machine with proper consultation and approval from AIMC for speedy detection and containment of COVID-19 pandemic. 

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