Union Health ministry deploys teams of doctors for riot-hit Manipur

The teams consist of doctors from AIIMS, Kalyani, AIIMS, Guwahati and NEIGRIMS, Shillong.

| Updated: 31 May, 2023 10:23 pm IST
Union Health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya

NEW DELHI: Union Health ministry deployed teams of doctors for Manipur with immediate effect. This deployment took place on Wednesday under the direction of Union Health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya.

“Six teams of doctors will support the state to provide health facilities, that have been adversely impacted due to the ongoing strife in the state,” the Union Health ministry stated.

Each team will have four doctors, each specialising in surgery, psychiatry, medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, urology and emergency care, the ministry said.

The teams consist of doctors from All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Kalyani; AIIMS, Guwahati and North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong.

Ethnic clashes broke out in the state on May 3 after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status.

After a relative lull for over a fortnight, the state witnessed a sudden spurt in clashes and gunfights between militants and security forces on Sunday. So far, over 80 people have been killed in the violence, according to officials.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah, who started his three-day Manipur visit on Monday, reviewed the prevailing situation post-widespread violence. He also met with all stakeholders to restore peace and communal harmony in the state.

During the cabinet meeting attended by Shah, rehabilitation and resettlement plans for the affected families were discussed.

The Union Home minister especially held meetings with all the civil voluntary organisations, students’ organisations and women’s organisations.

Shah tweeted, “Peace and prosperity in Manipur are our top priorities; we instructed officials to strictly deal with any activities disturbing the peace.”

More than 60 people have been killed, around 250 injured and 1,700 houses, including religious places, burned in the ethnic violence.

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