June 16, 2021


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After Assam, now health workers get beaten up by Covid patient’s kin in Manipur hospital; two arrested

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In an Assam-like incident, health workers were allegedly assaulted at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) hospital in Manipur’s Imphal East district. Two people have been detained in connection with the attack.

A video shows some people, who are said to be relatives of a Covid-19 patient, vandalising equipment in JNIMS hospital’s Covid-19 ICU ward.

The entire incident was recorded on the hospital’s CCTV cameras.

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According to reports, the relatives of a 33-year-old woman who had died of Covid-19 infections, allegedly vandalised the Covid-19 ICU ward and damaged the oxygen concentrator and other ICU equipment.

“The patient was admitted to the hospital three days ago with severe Covid-19 complications and was advised to be admitted to the ICU, but the patient’s family members refused,” sources said.

The patient was later transferred to the ICU but succumbed to the deadly infection.

Dr Kh Lokeshwar Singh, medical superintendent at JNIMS, told India Today TV that the JNIMS administration and doctors have filed a police report.

“Police have detained two persons in connection with the incident. It is very unfortunate that frontline health workers are being targeted even though they are working day and night to save people during this pandemic situation,” added Dr Singh said.

On June 2, a mob attacked an on-duty junior doctor at a Covid care centre in Assam’s Hojai district, following the death of a patient. Two others, including a woman, were also injured in the attack.

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