No isolation ward for JE patients in JNIMS

IMPHAL, 21st July: Regardless of the health department authorities claiming that isolation wards would be set up at JNIMS hospital for patients suffering from highly contagious Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and dengue diseases, no such arrangement could be seen at the government-run health centre. In sharp contrast to the assurance for special attention to JE/dengue infected patients in isolation wards, a team of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and media persons has found three JE patients housed in the same ICU ward of the hospital with other seriously ill persons on Friday.

Expressing grave concern that the hospital authorities are ignoring the need for taking extreme precautionary measures as is mandatory in treating JE/dengue patients, DESAM president Moirangthem Angamba also claimed to have received information about the JE patients denying necessary medicines and treatment. Referring to wet floor spotted in the ICU ward due to leakages in the air conditioner during the impromptu inspection on Friday, he opined that deplorable maintenance of the ICU ward, where critically ill patients are treated and their conditions monitored round the clock, testifies incompetency on the part of hospital authorities.

Angamba also suggested that the state government to take immediate steps to ensure proper and effective treatment of JE patients before the situation goes out of control.

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