Biren flies to hill districts to take stock of Covid-19 situation

Imphal: Manipur chief minister (CM) N. Biren Singh visited Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong districts by helicopter to take stock of Covid-19 situation.

He was accompanied by advisor to CM (health) Dr S. Ranjan, principal secretary (health) V. Vumlunmang and secretary to CM N. Geoffrey.

At mini secretariat complex of Ukhrul Biren reviewed the measures taken up by the state government regarding the fight against the pandemic in Ukhrul and Kamjong districts.

Biren said TK Woodland tourist resort located at Shirui would be converted into a 75-bedded Covid hospital having 10 ventilators.

He urged the people not to panic and immediately report and get tested at the nearest centre if they experience any symptom as it can be cured in just 14 days.

He said his government is stretching to its maximum limit to help the citizens in order to save precious lives in every nook and corner of the state. Oxygen plant in every district will be established very soon, he said.

Three ambulances each for every district are in the pipeline. The health department, in consultation with the concerned deputy commissioners, had been empowered to engage required doctors, nurses and other staff on contract basis if required, he added.

Biren appreciated the collective efforts of the people of Ukhrul and Kamjong districts, CSOs and medical staff to tackle the pandemic. The state government has arranged adequate RAT testing kits and will supply to the districts immediately, he added.

The state overnment has taken several steps to ensure adequate oxygen supply, Biren said. He advised the district administration and CMOs to send empty cylinders immediately for refilling.

The state government had approved a 1000 LPM PSA Oxygen Generator Plant for Ukhrul through tribal affairs and hills department. Site has been identified at district hospital and work will start soon, he said and added that three more ambulances would also be provided through the department.

He visited a Covid Care centre and encouraged the patients to be confident to defeat the virus. Ukhrul CMO Dr AS Kapangring, in his presentation stated that the total number of persons vaccinated in the district is 10,656 which comprise health workers, frontline workers and common people. The cumulative number of positive cases is 342 out of which 115 are active now and 216 have recovered, 18 were referred to JNIMS and nine deaths. The Transit Hostel which has a capacity of 120 beds and Isolation Ward at Ukhrul District Hospital are utilized as Covid Care centres.

Hill Area Committee Chairman K. Leishiyo, MLAs Kanngam Alfred Arthur and Khashim Vashum, DCs, SPs, DLOs and CSO leaders also attended the meeting.

In the review meeting held at Senapati the chief minister assured that people can overcome the pandemic with early detection and early medication. It is the only way to prevent and overcome it, he pointed out.

Biren said house to house inspection would be done to check whether people in home isolation have required amenities like separate rooms and toilets.

He assured to send required oxygen to all parts of the state. He said an oxygen plant having a capacity of producing 200 cylinders per day would be set up in the district soon. Three more ambulances would be provided soon. Ten of oxygen concentrators were also handed over to the chief medical officer of the district.

Biren sought the cooperation of all to follow the SoPs. He also asked the DC and CMO to engage required doctors from among eligible candidates. Later, he also interacted with doctors in the district Covid ward and some Covid patients at the isolation ward.

The chief minister appreciated the plan to set up Covid OT for maternity deliveries and the identification of teams for Village Task Force.

Biren assured that three more ambulances would be provided through tribal affaires and hills department. Also, a 1000 LPM PSA oxygen plant has been approved for Senapati.

At Tamenglong, Biren interacted with the Covid-19 District Task Force Committee, CSO and NGO leaders and reviewed the Covid-19 situation at DC Bungalow.

As vaccination is very important mobile mass vaccination program would start very soon to combat the pandemic, the Chief Minister said. An oxygen plant with a capacity to refill 1000 LPM would be set up very soon in the district and the oxygen plant which was set up in JNIMS also would be inaugurated soon, he said.

He instructed the CMO and the health workers to take an utmost care of Covid patients who are in home isolation as they have the maximum chance of spreading. He also reminded them to visit often and monitor their oxygen level and check their medicines so that they recover soon.

The chief minister observed that it is the time for those in the medical profession to show their skill and serve the people. He also expressed glad for Tamenglong district being well ahead in mass vaccination and testing.

He handed over 10 oxygen concentrators to Tamenglong CMO, and he also assured to provide a vehicle for CMO. He gave green signal to construct a new building.

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