Manipur govt. prepared to tackle situation arising out of Covid-19 pandemic — CM
Imphal, May 22 (EMN): Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday said that the state government is fully prepared to tackle the situation arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic. Singh also appealed to the people not to panic.
He was addressing a press conference at the chief minister’s secretariat that was attended by Minister for Health and family Welfare L Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam and Minister for Education Th Radheshyam besides officials.
Stating 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 is to prevent community spread of the disease in the state. He maintained that the government welcomes all positive and constructive criticisms and suggestions to chalk out plans to combat the disease.
Appreciating 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 the state government, he mentioned that the key measures to fight the disease are maintaining social distancing, staying at home, wearing face masks, use of hand sanitisers, avoiding mass gatherings etc.
On the testing facilities in the state, he 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 are being collected every day. The number of freezers to keep the blood samples has also been increased, he added.
On the natives returning from various parts of the country to the state, Singh said that all the returnees will be kept at a particular quarantine centre for further medical examination.
After the 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.
The chief minister said that the government acknowledges the efforts made by the frontline workers, local volunteers, CSOs in the fight against Covid-19. He assured that the government will provide due compensation to the local volunteers, truck drivers, handymen etc in case of any unfortunate incident as per the norms laid by the Government of India. He appealed his cabinet colleagues, MLAs, DCs and CSOs to spread awareness about the 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 INR 40 lakh. This testing kit known as Seegene’s AllplexTM 2019-nCoV Assay is 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, N Biren Singh handed over the testing kits, PPEs and masks to the officials of JNIMS and RIMS.