Death of a patient during delivery erupts tension at JNIMS. Doctor suspended under crowd pressure

A doctor of the JNIMS Hospital, Dr. T. Nimmi, was suspended by an order of the health commissioner Suman Singh, following the delivery death of a young mother at the hospital.

Regretting the decision and standing in solidarity with the suspended doctor, her doctor colleagues at the hospital have since threatened to go on a strike if the suspension order is not revoked immediately.

Concerning the death of patient, Wakambam (O) Debita, 24, wife of W. Johnson alias Naoba, 27, of Sekta Makha Leikai this morning at the intensive care unit of JNIMS hospital, the ‘Joint Action Committee against the unnatural death of Wakambam (O) Debita’ alleged that she died due to reckless conduct of Dr. Nimmi while discharging her duties.

On the other hand, professor of ENT department, Kumarjit stated that intensified agitation will be undertaken if suspension order against Nimmi is not revoked by August 15.

Speaking to media, executive member of the JAC formed against the death of Debita, Hidam Suresh said she was admitted at JNIMS under delivery case on July 8 under senior resident (OBST and Gynae) doctor of the hospital Dr. T. Nimmi. He said after observation, Nimmi told the patient’s family that caesarean delivery will be needed. After performing caesarean delivery on July 10, her health condition was bad and she was admitted to Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) from post natal ward on July 12, he added.

She was admitted to SICU as she was unable to pass urine. When her health condition remained critical, a meeting with medical superintendent, director, gynae head of department of the hospital along with local clubs and meira paibi was held at the office of medical superintendent, JNIMS, Suresh added.

During the meeting Nimmi assured that the health condition of Debita will improve soon, Suresh added.

However, she passed away reportedly around 6 am today at Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).

In connection with the incident, the JAC submitted a memorandum today to chief minister, N. Biren.

Suresh further said the memorandum demands that Dr. Nimmi must be suspended and her license must be barred in order to avoid repetition of such incident in the near future. Appropriate compensation must be given to the victim’s family by the government. In addition to the demands, the government must implement a provision to ban private practices, he added.

The body will not be collected if the demands are not met in time, said Suresh.

Later, link commissioner, health and family welfare and chairman of executive committee, JNIMS society, Suman Singh released a suspension order against Dr. Nimmi under sub-rule(1)(a) of Rule 10 of the Central Civil Service (Ossification, Control and Appeal) rules, 1965 with effect from August 14.

In the order, it is mentioned that Nimmi should be in Imphal and she shall not leave the headquarters without obtaining the permission of Suman Singh.

At a press conference held in the late evening, assistant professor, Dr. N. Kumarjit of ENT, JNIMS department, said doctors of the hospital strongly condemned the suspension of Nimmi without conducting even a basic enquiry. There are technical errors in the suspension order as the patient was admitted under Nimmi who is a senior resident doctor of the hospital, he said. According to rules, a patient cannot get admission under a senior resident doctor, he further said adding the patient has to be admitted under a professor or associate professor, he added.

He said the order must be revoked by August 15. If the authority fails to revoke the order within the deadline, intense forms of agitation will be initiated from the next day where cease work of essential services might be included, he cautioned.

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