Indian Medical Association, Manipur state branch has submitted a 10-point recommendation to the Manipur chief minister for effectively fighting the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Among others, the recommendations included the state government to arrange backup workforces of healthcare workers at the earliest since the present healthcare workers are likely to burn out soon due to stress and infection.
It recommended junior doctors and other healthcare workers engaged on COVID-19 duties on contractual basis must be well paid as per their regular counterpart.
Further, preference should be given to them while seeking for regular government post later. Acknowledging their contribution in this way during this challenging time will boost their morale, IMA suggested.
Life assurance scheme of the COVID Health Care Workers will also help to boost the morale of those who are risking their life in fighting the pandemic.
IMA further recommended making readily available guidelines for home quarantine, home isolation and community home isolation centres to the public with strict monitoring.
A common SOP for admission and treatment of all COVID-19 patients for both private and government hospitals is a must to avoid any confusion in this difficult time.
This will help in rational admission, judicious treatment and optimising the limited resources, the IMA suggested.
While submitting the recommendations, IMA asserted that the state is gripped by the second wave of the pandemic in an unprecedented manner and the association is deeply concerned by the development.