Manipur prepared to tackle COVID-19, says CM Biren

Manipur prepared to tackle COVID-19, says CM Biren
Manipur CM Biren addressing a press conference on preparedness on COVID-19 pandemic in Imphal on Friday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 22 | Publish Date: 5/22/2020 10:00:07 AM IST

The state was fully prepared to tackle the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh who, on Friday, appealed to the people not to panic in the backdrop of rising number of positive cases among the returnees.

After  arrival of people from the state  stranded at various parts of the country, Manipur which was once COVID-19 pandemic free state reported 24 fresh cases excluding the first two cases that had already recovered.

Addressing a news conference today, the chief minister said that the state government has taken up all necessary precautionary and preventive measures to combat the deadly disease. 

He informed that the primary task ahead was to prevent community spread of the disease in the state and maintained that the government always welcomes all positive and constructive criticisms and suggestions to chalk out plans to combat the disease in the state.

Singh appreciated the people of the state for strictly adhering to the advisories and guidelines issued by the Union health ministry, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and state government. 

He said that the key measures to fight the disease were maintaining social distancing, staying at home, wearing face masks, use of hand sanitizers, avoiding mass gatherings etc.  He urged the people to obey the precautionary measures laid by WHO, health ministry, medical experts etc. for  their own safety, adding that the recovery rate from the dreaded disease was above 40% while the mortality rate is 3 % in the country.

On  testing facilities in the state, Singh said that the number of tests in the laboratories at RIMS and JNIMS has been increased to above 200-300 per day. 

A total of 700-800 samples were collected every day and  number of freezers to keep the blood samples has also been increased, he added.  He opined that the government cannot install COVID 19 testing centres at Mao or Jiribam by flouting the protocols of the ICMR and Union health ministry.

On  natives returning from various parts of the country, the chief minister said that all the returnees will be kept at a particular quarantine centre for further medical examination. 

After testing for COVID 19, they will be allowed to move in quarantine centres located at their respective constituencies. 

“If their test results are negative then they will be kept under home quarantine. For those who are facing inconveniences at home quarantine, they will be accommodated at community quarantine centres,” he said.

The chief minister said that the government acknowledged the efforts made by the frontline workers, local volunteers, CSOs in the fight against COVID-19 and that the government will provide due compensation to local volunteers, truck drivers, handymen etc in case of any unfortunate incident as per the norms laid by the government of India.  He further  appealed to his cabinet colleagues, MLAs, DCs and CSOs to spread awareness on preventive measures to fight the virus.

On the occasion, Korean Manipuri Association donated 1000 number of Seegene’s AllplexTM 2019-nCoV Assay kits worth about Rs 40 lakhs. 

This testing kit known as Seegene’s AllplexTM 2019-nCoV Assay was approved by ICMR, NIV Pune, FDA & CE-IVD. 

The Tata Trusts also donated 3000 PPEs and 18,000 surgical masks to the chief minister. Later, Singh handed over the testing kits, PPEs and masks to the officials of JNIMS and RIMS. State health and family welfare L Jayantakumar Singh, minister for CAF&PD  Karam Shyam, minister for education Th Radheshyam were among others who attended the news conference.


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