Covid patients protest for better facilities in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 5 | Publish Date: 8/5/2020 12:48:17 PM IST

COVID-19 patients at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) hospital, Imphal walked out of their wards and staged a snap protest on Wednesday for food not being served to them on time. 

Reports said that the patients came out of their Covid care centre (CCC) wards by breaking the padlock at the main entrance to the centre and protested in front of the administrative block of the hospital campus. Apart from alleging that breakfast and food were not served on time, the patients further alleged sub-standard foods served to them.

 In a video footage of the protest, the patients displayed the food served to them before the officials of the hospital who rushed to take stock of the situation.

A protestor was seen complaining that breakfast was served around 9.30 am  on the day consisting of just two pieces of bread and a boiled egg. 

Another agitating patient alleged that the kind of food being served to them was only to survive and not to strengthening the immune system as part of treatment of the disease. The brief protest caused  employees, visitors and non-COVID-19 patients to panic but  was calmed  by the hospital authorities who convinced the COVID-19 patients. 

The patients agreed to return to their wards after the authorities assured them that they will look into the matters without any delay. 

A hospital source said that the agitating patients were from the CCC wards where asymptomatic COVID-19 patients were lodged for medical treatment. Around 20 asymptomatic COVID-19 positive people were undergoing treatment at JNIMS CCC 

A source in the JNIMS hospital authority disclosed that asymptomatic COVID-19 patients were provided the same catering service for non-COVID-19 patients treaed at different wards of the hospital.  There was no special food provided for them. The matter has been settled and agitating patients had a talk with a team of officials led by additional director of JNIMS, the source said. 


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