Manipur Students’ Association, Delhi (MSAD), Naga Students’ Union, Delhi (NSUD) and Kuki Students’ Organisation, Delhi & NCR (KSOD&NCR) wrote a letter to CM Biren in this regard.
Student bodies of Manipur based in Delhi have requested chief minister N Biren Singh for medical assistance in Delhi and NCR in view of the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A joint statement of Manipur Students’ Association, Delhi (MSAD), Naga Students’ Union, Delhi (NSUD) and Kuki Students’ Organisation, Delhi & NCR (KSOD&NCR), requested CM Biren to provide — 20-30 oxygen cylinders and others essential medical provisions at Manipur Bhavan for emergency cases; One ambulance/vehicle to be stationed at Bhavan House for emergency response.
The student bodies also urged Biren to form an Emergency COVID-19 Response Team with resident commissioner or deputy resident commissioner as chair along with leaders of various students’ organisations as its member.
The joint student union in Delhi & NCR from Manipur are confident that with such provision available at our disposal the severity of COVID-19 can be reduced thereby saving precious lives, it added.
“We are writing to you on behalf of the students and workers of Manipur citizens in Delhi & NCR to apprise you about the ground realities in Delhi as result of the second wave of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” it stated.
Delhi and NCR is one of the most severely affected states and the state is running short of COVID care beds in hospitals and makeshift COVID-19 care centres with Remdesivir, Oxygen, ambulances and other medical provisions. Due to non-availability of bed and difficulty in accessing hospital bed, citizens of Manipur in Delhi too are resorting to home isolation resulting in severe health problems and unfortunately some of our people have even lost their lives in recent months, the student bodies said.
The joint statement further stated that student bodies from Manipur have been collaborating with other NGOs and concerned citizens and are actively engaging with the COVID-19 affected patients by providing necessary information on the availability of medicine, hospital bed, oxygen etc. But owing to the limited resources the student unions are not able to respond to this crisis effectively.
The student bodies urged the CM to provide the essential healthcare and medical provisions in order to augment the gap arising due to non-availability of oxygen and hospital beds.
The joint statement also appealed to the Manipur Government to act as a facilitator in reaching out to the union government and also to the respective state governments wherever the citizens of Manipur are residing to provide equal access to healthcare facilities and to provide essential medical assistance to the people facing health or medical emergencies.