Manipur Govt orders to mute ambulance sirens to ‘prevent’ COVID-19 anxiety

Imphal (Manipur), May 20 (ANI): In an unusual decision, Manipur Government has ordered for muting the ambulance sirens across the state to ‘prevent’ anxiety and nervousness amid second wave of COVID-19. The state medical directorate, in a notification, urged the chief medical officers, medical superintendents, employees of private hospitals, and ambulance operators to shut down the sirens as they are “intimidating people and causing social concern”. “They are using the siren unnecessarily and untimely. When they are on the road, they simply use ambulance sirens whether they carry the patient or not. While carrying the patient if there is a block on the way, they can use the siren but otherwise, it is not necessary to sue especially during this hour,” says K Rajo Singh, Director, Manipur Health Services.