The hospital has cited the current situation of increase of COVID-19 positive cases and lack of medical Oxygen for its decision.
Raj Medicity — one of the three private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in the state — on Friday suspended admission of both COVID and non-COVID patients to the hospital citing lack of Oxygen and increase in COVID positive cases.
A notice issued by medical superintendent, in-charge, of the hospital Dr Ng Narendra Singh said all the consultants and Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) that admission of both non-COVID and COVID patients will remain suspended with immediate effect until further notice in view of the current situation of increase of COVID-19 positive cases and due to lack of medical Oxygen.
However, Casualty and Emergency services (first aid) will be provided, the notice added and requested all concerned to bear the inconvenience caused.
Two days ago, the Manipur Government on Wednesday decided to let each hospital handle the COVID admission process directly “to streamline the COVID admissions process”.
The principal secretary (Health & FW) of Manipur Government, V Vumlunmang had issued an order to this effect on Wednesday.
According to the order, each hospital will immediately constitute a COVID-19 Admissions Committee with arrangements to ensure that any patient brought to the hospital is attended to promptly.
It also instructed each hospital to adopt the clinical guidance for management of adult COVID-19 patients issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on April 22, 2021.
Each Hospital may establish a COVID-19 helpline phone number to assist the patients and family members, it added.
In Manipur there are 13 health Institutes treating COVID patients at present, including three private hospitals — Shija Hospital, Raj Medicity and AOI Babina Speciality Hospital. The others are government run hospitals including Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Community Health Centre (CHC) of Kakching and Kamjong, District Hospitals of Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati, Thoubal, Ukhrul and Sub-District Hospital, Moreh.
At present the state government is operating 13 COVID-19 Care Centres (CCC) including CCC Bal Bhavan, CCC National Sport University, COVID Centre RD Wing, CCC Bishnupur, CCC Lanva TD Block CCPur, CCC Government College CCPur, CCC Jiribam, CCC Tamenglong Hr. Sec. School, CCC GNM Hostel Thoubal, CCC Kakching Hr. Sec. School, CCC Transit Hostel Ukhrul, and CCC Lamboikhongnangkhong.
As of Friday, active cases in the state stood at 5,898 (General Population – 5722 and Central Security Personnel – 176). Out of these 3,552 active cases are in home isolation.