Pvt hospital served notice for refusing to attend to patient

Corresponding IMPHAL, Sep 8 | Publish Date: 9/8/2020 10:39:44 AM IST

A private hospital has been served show cause notice for allegedly not attending to an expecting mother, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said on Tuesday.

Singh reiterated that befitting actions will be taken against government and private hospitals refusing to treat patients.

After a series of deaths allegedly after some private and government hospitals in Imphal refused treatment in the wake of COVID-19, Manipur government, on August 6 last directed all government and private hospital to mandatorily provide prompt service to all patients who reach their facilities, adding that they cannot deny them treatment. Despite the order, a private hospital in Imphal refused to attend to a pregnant woman, demanding a COVID-19 test result.  The woman was successfully operated on Monday at JNIMS hospital later after the intervention by the state health minister after the video went viral in social media. Expressing anguish they refuse to attend to patients requiring medical emergency.  Stating that the medical profession is known as a humanitarian service, Singh said hospital authorities must not only think about business.

He informed that he had instructed the principal secretary (health) to serve a show cause notice to the private hospital concerned. 

Accordingly, show cause notice has been served to the private hospital, an official source said. The chief minister who spoke to the media after handing over five ambulances as part of strengthening the frontline warriors in the fight against COVID-19, sought for a collective effort to fight the pandemic. He said that apart from considering opening more COVID care centres, the state government was trying to fulfil other requirements to effectively tackle the pandemic.  Maintaining that half-baked knowledge and opinions about the virus may create mass panic, the chief minister 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,” he cautioned.

Singh handed over one ambulance each to the chief medical officers of Noney, Imphal East, Tengnoupal, Imphal West and the authority of Directorate of Health Services at a simple function held at the western gate of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

In the past three months, the Manipur government has purchased 14 ambulances currently used at COVID care centres. The strength of the ambulance fleet on COVID duty now stands at 25.

State health minister L Jayantakumar, water resources minister Letpao Haokip, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, principal secretary (health) V Vumlunmang, Director of health services Dr K Rajo were among others who present on the occasion.


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