MLA also urged the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals of the state, who have completed their courses but working in private, to join the fight voluntarily, without any regard for remuneration from the authority
Underscoring that the COVID situation in the state is worsening, MLA Kh Joykishan on Thursday urged the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to come out and join the fight against the deadly second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Asserting that it is not the time to remain mute spectator, he said saving the lives of the people is akin to saving our motherland.
Briefing media persons, MLA Joykishan asserted that there is no bigger war than the current one — humanity versus COVID-19. He suggested that the CSOs should take an active role in the fight against COVID-19 and work in tandem with the Health Department. He also said that they can work impartiality in supporting and managing different aspects of the fight.
Maintaining that it would be wrong to blame the ruling dispensation only, since they themselves might be facing many problems, MLA Joykishan urged all the political parties in the state to join the fight unitedly.
On the other hand, the Thangmeiband legislature also sought clarification from some doctors who had reportedly contended that the mortality in some hospitals are high due to late admission to the hospitals.
“Do COVID positive patients want to go to these hospitals at the last moment or does these hospitals admit such patients at the last moment?,” he questioned.
The MLA contended that there are many who want to get admitted to the hospitals but could not do it due to various reasons including lack of ambulance service, shortages of beds, amongst others. Even from my constituency there are many who are waiting for two-three days just to get admitted, he said. Even in RIMS there are 50-60 patients in Casualty waiting to get admitted, he added.
So how can they say that people are dying due to late admission in hospitals, he asked and added “let’s stop the blame-game”.
MLA Joykishan further observed that there is a stark difference in the way the situation is being handled between the first wave and the second wave. While the authority seemed to work very seriously in the first wave, that “sense of seriousness” is lacking in the second wave, he contended.
He also raised the problems of provision of food and nutrition being faced by the inmates in COVID care centres. While the authority, experts including WHO are suggesting that nutritional foods should be provided to boost the immune system, the situation in these CCC are starkly different, he added.
Joykishan also urged the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals of the state, who have completed their courses but working in private, to join the fight voluntarily, without any regard for remuneration from the authority.
He also suggested the state government to make sure that there are no shortages of vaccines to the public and inoculate the population at the earliest. Although there is no serious shortage of Oxygen at present, the government should make sure that people do not face any problem in the coming days as well, he added.