Manipur’s Jiribam gets rapid antigen testing facilities

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 8 | Publish Date: 7/8/2020 1:53:26 PM IST

Rapid antigen testing facilities to detect COVID-19 infections will be set-up in all the districts of the state, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh while inaugurating the first facility in Jiribam district on Wednesday.

The chief minister inaugurated the rapid antigen testing facility at Jiribam district headquarters through video conferencing. The first local clustering of COVID-19 cases in the state was recently reported in Jiribam..

Singh inaugurated the centre along with five water supply projects and an office building of state weight and measures department. Except the testing centre, other projects are located in Imphal.

Talking to reporters at the inauguration of the projects at his secretariat, the chief minister said that the inauguration of the rapid antigen testing centre will help in early detection of the coronavirus infections in the district.

He said that such testing facilities will also be made available to other districts of the state as soon as possible. 

The state has received around 15,000 rapid testing kits from the Centre, he added.  Responding to queries from reporters, Singh said that as of now, his government has not taken any decision to convert the Jiribam district hospital into Covid Care Centre. 

However, he added, there was a plan to open such a facility in the district so that the coronavirus infected patients can be treated at the district itself.

With the opening of the centre, state health authority has started taking up steps for mass testing of people which was necessitated following the local clustering of the cases at Jiribam police station where over 50 personnel and VDF were infected by the pandemic.

“We will now start testing symptomatic persons and people at containment zones of the district. We have got 300 rapid antigen testing kits,” Jiribam DC W Malemnganba said.

On the COVID-19 situation in the state, the chief minister said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is more than 53 percent and there was no casualty so far in the state. 

He then stressed on the need to take precautionary measures to fight the disease and urged people to abide by all protocols and SOPs issued by health authorities and government from time to time.

Regarding projects inaugurated today, Singh informed that the government could complete various developmental projects in the state in the last around three years. 

Reminding of the sanctioning of Rs 3,000 crore by the New Development Bank for schemes to provide potable water to every household in the state, the chief minister said all necessary processes including tenders, issue of work order etc. have been completed.

The state government has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grace the foundation stone laying ceremony which will be held shortly, he added. 

He appealed to CSOs, people and others concerned not to create any hindrances in the developmental activities being taken up in the state.

State PHE minister Losii Dikho who also attended the inauguration function said that the state government was committed to provide potable water to all the households of the state by the year 2022. 

He informed that the construction of the water supply scheme in Churachandpur was able to complete eight months ahead of the targeted period. 

Government is able to do so with the cooperation of the people of the district, he added while appealing to people for support and cooperation in developmental activities taken up by the government for the welfare of the people.


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