Biren seeks experts’ suggestions to tackle Covid-19 crisis

Imphal: In view of the sudden upsurge of Covid-19 cases in the state in the past couple of weeks, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has sought for opinions from medical experts, bureaucrats and police to effectively tackle the second wave of Covid-19 in a meeting held at the chief minister’s secretariat on Thursday.

Biren sought technical opinion on key points like manpower and material management, vaccination, nature of lockdown and containment zones, effective enforcement of SoPs, etc.

Education minister S. Rajen, advisor to chief minister (health) Dr S. Ranjan, additional chief secretary M.H. Khan, principal secretary (health) V. Vumlunmang, commissioner (education-S) T. Ranjit, director (health) Dr K. Rajo, JNIMS director Prof. K. Bhimo, Shija Hospitals managing director Dr Kh. Palin, Babina Group managing director Dr Th. Dhabali, Imphal West DC N. Praveen, Imphal East additional DC Shamim Ahmad Shah, Imphal East SP H. Jogeshchandra, Imphal West SP K. Meghachandra and high ranking officers of Directorate of Health Services were present in the meeting.

The chief minister assured the officials concerned that there would be no dearth of funds. He instructed them to acquire required equipment and engage manpower at the earliest. He asked d them to increase Covid-19 beds in hospitals and re-activate Covid Care Centres as soon as possible.

Biren expressed the need to utilise the manpower of education department in assisting the officials of health department in suitable tasks like making enquiry of home isolation patients.

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