Imphal, May 28: The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences(RIMS), Imphal, was closed down for the second day today in protest against bomb attacks by suspected militants on Sunday night.
As a joint decision taken by the Head of Departments, Presidents and Secretaries of Teachers and Medical Officers Association, Junior Doctors Association, Non-Teaching Employees' Welfare Association, Trained Nurses Association of India, RIMS Branch and RIMS Students', the agitators were demonstrating in the campus for three consecutive days ending tomorrow in protest against the blasts within the RIMS campus.
During this period, OPD and Casualty services are also remaining closed. Indoor healthcare services and emergency operations will, however, continue unaffected. The Casualty would re-open tomorrow at 0800 hrs.
Classes had also been cancelled during the period. However, examinations would remain unaffected. The unions demanded that RIMS authorities should improve security and restrict entry of patient's vehicles inside the campus.
An appeal had been sent out to all underground organisations operating in Manipur, to consider it as a ''FREE ZONE'' and refrain from repeating such incidents in future in the larger interest of patients, staff and students from the north-eastern states.
Due to the stir, the patients admitted here have suffered tremendously as this hospital is the largest one in the state, catering to patients from all the north-eastern states.
The Indian Medical Association, Manipur State Branch strongly condemned the May 25 blasts and said that such mindless acts will only terrify the public and invite presence of more security personal in the campus causing inconvenience to the public.
The Association further appealed to the outfits not to disturb the tranquility and sanctity of the hospital.
The state government has decided to open a post for IRB personnel at RIMS, after the bomb attack by cadres of Kangleipak Communist Party [KCP(MC)].
Meanwhile, the Medical Superintendent of RIMS, Prof Y Mohen has refuted the allegations of the KCP that the senior officials of the hospital were involved in corrupt activities.