First community home isolation centre launched in Manipur

Imphal: For the first time a Community Home Isolation Centre (CHIC) for Covid-19 infected people was launched on the campus of Manipur College, Imphal West district on Wednesday.

With the launching of the isolation centre 14 Covid-19 patients who faced inconvenience for home isolation were admitted at the centre.

Speaker Y. Khemchand said with the increasing rate of spikes in Covid-19 positive cases in the state people have been facing inconvenience for home isolation. Most of the family in the state have joint family and due to the reason, the initiative was first taken in Singjamei Assembly Constituency.

Khemchand who is also MLA of Singjamei Assembly Constituency said with the lack of space in hospitals and covid care centers, the authority concerned only pick up the infected person only by leaving other family members. This could be a reason for the increasing number of spikes with the coming of COVID-19 second wave in Manipur, he added.

To control the spread of Covid-19 infection the initiatives was taken for the assembly constituency. People should take initiatives by testing themself if they are in the list of contact tracing, he added.

He appealed other assembly constituencies to open similar CHIC at their respective assembly constituencies to avoid spread of Covid-19 and for the convenience of those who face inconvenience in home isolation.

Health director Dr K, Rajo said state government will take necessary actions against those who are involved in panic buying of medical use oxygen cylinder. There is no shortage of medical use oxygen as the central government has already given approval to set up six Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) plants at different districts of Manipur including one at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences which has already started functioning.

He said the government is planning to open similar CHIC at all the assembly constituencies.

The health director claimed that “the CHIC opened in Manipur College campus is not only for the first time in Manipur but also in the entire nation”.

In an CHIC asymptomatic Covid-19 infected person will be admitted which will be monitored by a nurse at the expense of respective local MLA. If the health condition of a patient in CHIC worsens, the patient will be referred to Covid hospitals, he added.

To picked up asymptomatic Covid-19 patients an ambulance will be made available for each CHIC. To assist the CHIC volunteers a home isolation team from state health department will be available at the time of need, Rajo said.

The state has set up 10 Covid care centres as precautionary measures to fight the second wave of Covid-19, he added.

State health advisor to chief minister, Sapam Ranjan said opening such CHIC is a good initiative. To face the second wave the state government has prepared to increase number of beds for Covid care centres.

He appealed to the people not remain idle if they have got symptoms of the contagion.

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