IMPHAL: Health Director K Rajo has made clarification that the case of 28 police personnel of Jiribam being tested positive cannot be entitled as community transmission, rather it should be termed as cluster transmission or local transmission.
Director K Rajo made the statement during a press conference organized by the Directorate of Health Services, on Saturday to keep up with the strategic execution of health department policies in curving the edges in the fight against Covid-19 outbreak.
He admitted that the high number of transmission at Jiribam is somewhat different and critical, but according to WHO evaluation the case cannot be term as community transmission.
Around 160 people in the risk group for infection have been identified and kept in containment zone under SOPs guidelines through contact tracing by the authority, he added.
Deputy Director of Health Services, Dr. Meena told the media persons that as of now testing of Covid-19 both by RT-PCR technology and Truenat machines are free of cost.
She said the new SOPs guidelines that has drafted recently included applying payment of charges for those who can afford, including tourists or people who frequently move within states, which will be around Rs 2400 approximately per test as a rolling funds, excluding people living under below poverty line (BPL), frontline workers, or else ‘pay what you can’ modes of getting tested by Truenat machines.
There are altogether 9 TrueNat machines for the state in both hills and valley districts, Dr. Meena added.
Dr. Rajo mentioned that the state’s covid care centres have expanded its branches to newly included institutional quarantine centers like Unacco School, which is 350 bedded, RD Wing Lamphel of 64 bedded, Thoubal GNM School of 100 bedded and in districts of Churachanpur, Senapati, and Ukhrul are having the facilities which were earlier confined to JNIMS and RIMS.
He assured the people in the state that it can collectively fight against Covid-19 if the people still continue to contribute their role through following the guidelines and cooperating with the health department’s preventive measures, he mentioned.
Till the 24 hour circle count on Friday, the total cases of Covid-19 in the state was 1316, out of which 639 have discharged, remaining 677 of active cases with recovery rate of 48.6%.