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Manipur to recruit of 300 doctors, 106 nurses to fight COVID-19

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 6 | Publish Date: 6/6/2020 1:03:23 PM IST

Faced with medical health-care staff shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manipur government is processing the recruitment of doctors and nurses.

State health minister L Jayentakumar on Saturday admitted that the present strength of the state health department and the available medical equipment were not sufficient to fight the pandemic.

“Considering the need of the hour, we are going to recruit 300 doctors and 106 nurses. Cabinet has approved the recruitment of the doctors and nurses,” the health minister said.

The health minister was talking to reporters during his visit to quarantine centres in Senapati and Kangpokpi districts.

For the recruitment of 106 staff nurses, the minister added the processes for the recruitment had already started under the National Health Mission but was left pending due to the current scenario. The processes will be completed as soon as possible, he asserted. 

Sensing an impending worse scenario, the minister said, once the recruitment process is completed, it will atleast mend the shortage of health-care staff to some extent. Though no locally transmitted COVID-19 case has been reported till date, except that of a nurse on duty at an isolated ward of a district hospital, positive cases of the deadly disease among returnees are increasing daily.

The state has 143 patients infected by the virus with 91 active cases till the time of filing this report.

Acknowledging the inconveniences faced in testing COVID-19, the state health department has decided to launch a Mobile Testing Kit and to be implemented at the earliest, the minister said. “This initiative will at-least reduce the time and work taken in procuring the samples. This will be very helpful especially to those in need of COVID test in the hill areas,” the minister hoped.

The present capacity of COVID-19 testing in the state per day was above 1000 but this did not fulfil the testing of the actual influx of homecoming passengers, the minister disclosed. 

“The state government is making efforts to increase the testing capacity more that  of the current limit,” the minister added.

He observed that the novel coronavirus has its peculiarity of changing its strand and said that “it requires for us to obey the norms given by the WHO, ICMR and health experts.” He suggested to everyone to stay healthy and maintain cleanliness while urging the public to abide by the SoPs issued from time to time by the state.

During the visit to take stock of the preventive measures being taken up in the two districts, the minister who led a ministerial team had a discussion with the CSOs of Senapati district. 

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