IMPHAL: An awareness programme on Coronovirus (COVID-19) for staff of Raj Bhavan was organised on Thursday at Darbar hall, Raj Bhavan, Imphal.
The awareness programme was attended by Dr. R. K. Manojkumar Singh, Associate Professor, Microbiology, JNIMS, Nodal Officer, VRDL, Microbiology, JNIMS, Dr. Uthan Tharoijam, Sr. Resident, Medicine, JNIMS and Dr. L. Arke, Addl. Director (Public Health) & State Nodal Officer, Health Services, Manipur as resource persons.
Dr. R. K. Manojkumar Singh speaking about Covid-19, Virology & Laboratory Diagnosis underlined the need for indepth knowledge like viral morphology, transmission of virus, updated case definition, updated definition of contact, new travel advisory, testing centres in India, specimen collection and shipment and testing of Covid-19 at reference laboratories. He informed that Coronovirus is a group of viruses causing diseases in mammal & birds, in humans, the viruses cause respiratory-infections-typically mild including common cold but rarer forms like SARS & MERS can be lethal. In cows and pigs they may cause diarrhoea, while in chickens they can cause an upper respiratory disease. Saying that it can spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 3 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
He further said that Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India has issued new travel advisory on 26/02/2020 that Indians are advised to refrain from non-essential travel to Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy. People coming from these countries or having such travel history since 10th February 2020 may be quarantined for 14 days on arrival to India.
Besides the Apex testing laboratory of ICMR-NIV, Pune there are 13 testing VRDLs for COVID-2019 and also 19 more testing centres are in the pipeline. Mentioning the Referral Laboratories for Manipur are ICMR-NIV, Pune (till 5th February, 2020) ICMR-NICED, Kolkata (from 6th – 11th February, 2020) and GMCH, Guwahati (from 12th February).
For sample collection in Manipur, IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Program) cell, Directorate of Health, Lamphelpat. VRDL (Viral Research & Diagnostic Laboratory), Microbiology Department, RIMS and VRDL (Viral Research & Diagnostic Laboratory), Microbiology Department, JNIMS- Nodal Centre may be contacted, he added.
Dr. Uthan Tharoijam, spoke on the signs and symptoms of coronovirus. Some of the basic and necessary measures that people should follow are avoid travel to disease outbreak area, avoiding crowded places, maitaining distance of atleast 6 feet away from anyone with symptoms, careful 60 second hand washing (soap, alcohol base hand sanitizers), avoiding touching of T-zone (eye, mouth, nose). Health care worker- PPEs (Personal Protection Equipments).
Speaking as resource person, Dr. L. Arke informed that a 24×7 control room (0385-2411668) was opened at Medical Directorate, Lamphelpat. He also stated that screening has started at surface points of entry in the state (Behiang, Sinzawl in CCpur district, Moreh Gate 1, 2 & ICP in Tengnoupal, Nambisha in Kamjong, Jiri gate in Jiribam and Mao gate in Senapati). Out of the 12 samples sent for testing 10 has been found negative and results of 2 are awaited.
Staff of Raj Bhavan including Special Secretary to Hon’ble Governor Shri H.T. Gangte, Commissioner Shri Bobby Waikhom, CRPF personels and others attended the awareness programme.