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Dimapur, July 6: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) – COVID-19, Peren District has demanded immediate action against two erring doctors responsible for releasing 96 Haryana returnees on June 23 (at around 10:30 pm) from quarantine centers to their respective villages without conducting a second test to ascertain their COVID status, some of who were later tested positive.
“The State Government lackadaisical attitude towards the people of Peren District is on a tipping point. The demands of the people have fallen on deaf ears and step-motherly meted out to the district is inexcusable in every sense of the word,” alleged the JAC in a press release.
The JAC alleged that the two doctors, Dr Kevihulie Meyase, DVBO and Dr Nukshisangla Jamir, DPO (UIP/RCH) had released the 96 returnees in gross violation of the laid down protocol.
The JAC was irked by the fact that instead of reprimanding the doctors for “their irresponsible action”, the Government had transferred them to the State capital, which it likened to being rewarded “for their action in spreading the virus to every villages under Peren District.”
“The total lack of will to initiate appropriate actions against such audacious and brash behavior of the doctors will only bolster the spirit and invite more inefficiency,” it stated.
Stating that it had been more than accommodating and lending support to the District Task Force in every little ways that it can, the JAC claimed that it was not intimated about the issue and came to learn about it only on June 24 evening when irate youths tried to gherao the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner Jalukie demanding immediate action against the two doctors. “On our part we pacified the crowd, keeping in mind that immediate action should be to lay our plans for immediate corrective measures to handle the blunder of the two doctors before it becomes a full blown community transmission,” it said.
The JAC informed that even on June 25 morning, in the presence of the DC and CMO, it assured full safety and cooperation to the two doctors and the medical team and asked them to carry out the immediate action plan to contain the virus, as by then all the 96 returnees had all reached their respective villages as potential carriers of the virus. “But to our dismay and in total disregard to the Joint Action Committee, we came to learn that the two doctors absconded and did not report to duty thereafter.”
Stating that “such level of irresponsibility should not be rewarded with posting in the State capital but rather appropriate action should be taken upon them for the crime committed,” the JAC alleged, “Given the unremorseful and impenitent behavior of the two doctors, it is safe to assume that they intentionally released the 96 potential virus carriers to the respective villages so that community transmission would take place and the people of Peren district would have uncontrollable casualties to this virus.”
Demanding immediate action against the two doctors, the JAC insisted that giving absolute immunity to irresponsible doctors, citing the excuse that the State is short of manpower is only harming and inviting more disaster and also demeans the selfless and hard work of the doctors community in the State.
It also appealed to the Government to take cognizance of the blunder and take up immediate appropriate measures to help contain the spread of the virus in the district before it becomes uncontrollable and mass casualties happen.
The JAC further reiterated its earlier demand regarding the sending of a COVID positive patient along with 16 other returnees from Dimapur to Peren on June 3, which the authorities claim was inadvertently done due to similar names. Subsequent to that, 9 returnees who were COVID-19 positive in Dimapur and were discharged for home quarantine were sent mistakenly to facility quarantine putting them under physical harassment unnecessarily, it said.
Claiming that the inefficiency of the State Government and its machineries at the district level and more so the district administration is resulting in rising number of positive cases, the JAC said such blunders have aggravated the situation leading to fear and panic among the people of the district.
“Should community transmission become a reality and the people become a victim and casualty to the virus, the two doctors and the government will be held solely responsible for the willful negligence and inaction,” it warned. (Page News Service)