| Students stage a protest on the RIMS campus in Imphal on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos |
Imphal, Sept. 21: The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) constituted an inquiry committee to probe the reasons for the death of a pregnant woman at the institute recently.
A hospital source told The Telegraph today that the medical superintendent, Ch. Arunkumar, issued an order to constitute the committee on Wednesday to probe the death of Aheibam Bijenti, 25, a resident of Lamsang in Imphal West, about 12km from here.
Bijenti was admitted to RIMS on September 11. She died on September 13 after she was given an injection to relieve her of abdominal pain. The committee has been asked to submit a report within 15 days.
Bijenti’s husband, Aheibam Sanatomba, blamed the doctors for her death. The residents of Lamsang also formed a joint action committee to spearhead an agitation seeking action against the doctors responsible for the incident. The committee has called an indefinite general strike throughout Manipur from 5am tomorrow in support of their demand.
“The incident is unfortunate. However, we are holding an inquiry into the incident to find out the cause of her death and whether there were any lapses on the part of any doctor or nurse. The committee will submit its report within two weeks,” the source said. The committee has been asked to make recommendations to prevent such incidents in future.
On the other hand, the first-year students of the RIMS dental college today staged a sit-in on the college campus demanding exemption of educational institutions from strikes and shutdowns. Students and teachers said strikes resulted in students missing classes.
The two-year-old dental college could not accommodate all students in the college hostel, as the construction of buildings is yet to be completed. About 10 students from across the state, including girls out of the 100 first-year students, come from their homes to attend classes, while the rest stay in the hostel.
“My father drops me at the college and comes to take me home after classes. My home is about 7km from the college. I always miss classes whenever there is a strike. Missing classes even for one day is a great loss for us. So we appeal to all groups to keep educational institutions out of the purview of general strikes,” said P. Needa, a first-year student who lives at Kshetrigao in Imphal East. RIMS authorities maintained that all the students would be provided hostel accommodation from next month.