COVID-19: Risk profiling of returnees to be conducted in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 12 | Publish Date: 5/12/2020 9:52:31 AM IST
Risk profiling of returnees will be done and it will be a continuous process, the latest Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for handling people entering Manipur stated.
State health department notified the latest SOP as the state is all set to handle people of the state returning from places where they are being stranded due  to the nationwide lockdown.
Of around 45,000 people stranded outside the state due to the nationwide lockdown that commenced from March 25, Manipur government is expecting around 35,000 returning home in the next few days.
In first phase, a total of 1140 people had already left Chennai by a special train for Manipur and are expected to arrive at Jiribam railway station, the only railway station of Manipur around 3.30 pm on Wednesday afternoon,.
“All necessary arrangements are put in place to receive incoming passengers,” an official of the Jiribam district administration said.
Of the 150 buses arranged for the onward evacuation of returnees to their respective districts, 50 buses sent from Imphal yesterday (Monday) had already reached Jiribam and reported to the officials of the state government there.
According to an official of the state transport department, another 50 buses will be sent for transportation of the returnees who will be arriving by another special train in the next few days.
The next special train which will originate from Punjab is likely to bring back people of the state stranded at various places of Punjab and Chandigarh while the third lot of 50 buses will originate from Bangalore, the official said.
Barely a day after state chief minister N Biren Singh expressed worry of a big challenge for the state government in the management of large number of returnees; state medical department notified the Standard Operating Procedure.
Any symptomatic passenger having ILI (Influenza Like Infections) symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose etc. will be placed in isolated facility for testing.
Risk profiling of incoming persons to be done by the medical staffs or state rapid response team for COVID-19 will be a continuous process, the Standard Operating Procedure stated. 
The symptomatic person(s) will be transported in separate vehicle(s) to the isolated facility under prescribed procedures of the department in line with the guidelines for quarantine facilities COVID-19 of the Union ministry of health and family welfare, it stated.
All the passengers entering Manipur will undergo thermal screening at the entry points to the state (Mao and Jiribam). They will further undergo secondary screening by medical teams in the home districts on arrival at the designated locations.
All the asymptomatic passengers after the screening will be sent for community quarantine or institutional quarantine for 14 days. 
Home quarantine will be not be adopted, the Standard Operating Procedurestated while asserting that strict quarantine must be followed by all persons.
Meanwhile, state surveillance officer has asked district health offices to ensure deputation of adequate number of medical team to avoid congestion and overcrowding at the screening centres for passengers arriving in large numbers by train.


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