COVID-19 Stigma: 'Just because they are working with patients does not mean they are infected'

RIMS authority expressed concern over its COVID-19 frontline workers facing social stigma

The authorities of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal has expressed concern over the social stigma faced by its health professionals and frontline workers fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The RIMS authority stated in the release on Monday that in the last few months, doctors, nursing officials, paramedics and other frontline workers of RIMS, Imphal have been facing social stigma related to coronavirus from their localities.

"We are deeply anguished to see reports that doctors, nursing officials, paramedics and other frontline workers are being ostracised from their localities,” the RIMS authority said.

They have been serving the nation as warriors fighting the battle against coronavirus and it is high time they are appreciated in this difficult time, stated a release signed by RIMS media advisor, N Philip Singh.

"Just because they are working with patients does not mean they are infected... We should not break the morale of our corona warriors but salute them instead for the work they are doing," the RIMS authority stated.

The authority requests the public not to create an atmosphere of discrimination and fear psychosis, it stated.

First Published:Aug. 18, 2020, 9:32 a.m.