COVID-19: 377 people under surveillance in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 1 | Publish Date: 3/1/2020 11:56:18 AM IST

377 people including people returning from China are under surveillance for COVID-19 out of over 60,000 people screened so far, said Manipur health director Dr K Rajo on Sunday.

The director was speaking at the launching cum media sensitisation of Phase IV of Intensified Mission Indradhanush held at the conference hall of state directorate of family welfare, Imphal on Sunday

The director stated that no positive for COVID-19 was detected in the state so far after results of nine samples out of 10 people were tested. Result of a person was still pending.

Since sounding alert of spread of the virus, people entering the state, both via air and surface, have been screened since the last week of January, the director added.

The director informed the gathering that of the 377 people under surveillance by the health authority, 248 were returning from China and other COVID-19 hit countries.

Screening of people visiting the state are currently conducted at Imphal International Airport and the surface points of entry in the state - Gate No 1 and 2 of Indo-Myanmar border at Moreh town, Jiribam (bordering Assam), Beihang, Sinjol, Tusom, Kamjong (all bordering Myanmar) and Mao Gate (bordering Nagaland).

Asserting that there is no vaccine to treat or prevent the infection by the virus, Dr Rajo said that the only way to prevent the outbreak of the disease was preventive measures.

“Prevention is better than cure,” he said and encouraged good hygiene, including covering mouth while coughing and sneezing, washing hands frequently and sanitizing surfaces in houses. 

“One must frequently clean hands using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water for atleast 20 seconds,” he said.

COVID-19 is said to be spread through droplet transmission from cough or sneezing, close personal contact or touching a surface that is infected and then touching one’s eyes, nose or mouth, he said.

It is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has symptoms similar to the common cold or flu, including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, he added. 

Besides checking of people entering the state, it may be mentioned here that the state health authority has been actively engaging in creating awareness, particularly to the health workers, police and security forces.

As a part of it awareness campaign, the state health authority has convened a meeting with the officials, staffs of health workers at hospitals at Moreh, atown at Indo-Myanmar border on Saturday.

The meeting discussed necessary precautionary measures that can be further taken up by medical staff and police personnel to keep COVID-19 away from the state, an official source said.



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