‘Mass Covid-19 testing will begin soon in Manipur’

Imphal: Mass testing for Covid-19 in all parts of Manipur will begin soon, chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Thursday.

Biren made the announcement while interacting with home isolation patients through video conferencing at the chief minister’s secretariat, here.

It was his third such interaction in less than a week.

As early detection and early medication is the key to flatten the Covid curve, 50,000 RAT kits had been recently distributed to different districts and another 1 lakh kits had been ordered for procurement, Biren said.

House to house testing is being actively considered in vulnerable areas and containment zones. Around 100 more ICU beds would be added to the current figure within a week he added.

The chief minister said since most of the health infrastructures used in the current fight against Covid are newly developed, government’s efforts may not be satisfactory sometimes. However, all possible efforts are being invested by the government to save every single life and serve the people to their satisfaction, he added.

In the meantime, people also need to extend full cooperation to the government’s efforts and to be more aware about the disease, he observed.

Responding to a complaint raised by a patient lodged in a Community Home Isolation Centre located in Ukhrul, pulse oximeter was immediately provided by directly talking to the CMO concerned over the phone. Attending to another call from a patient from Tamenglong, Biren assured him to ask the officials concerned to ensure regular power supply in the district.

All the participants of the virtual meeting thaked he chief minister for attending to their grievances. They also expressed satisfaction to the government’s unstinting efforts.

Tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte, consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Th. Satyabrata, MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba, advisor to CM (health) Dr S. Ranjan, MLAs Ginsuanhau, Ngamthang Haokip and L. Sushindro were also present at the video conference.

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