IMPHAL: Various Civil Society Organizations of Chandel have called on the Deputy Commissioner of the district through a ‘Public Proposal’ for purchase of TrueNet machines for the district under District Disaster Management Fund or through any available fund under Aspirational District Programs.
We place this “Public Proposal’ as stated above for kind and necessary approval to release the estimated expenditure for purchase of TrueNat Machine, a statement jointly signed by KNPO, NSUC, NWUC, NCAC and CDCF said.
“The Civil Society Organizations of Chandel earlier put this proposal verbally in one of our interaction to manage the COVID 19 Pandemic situation in the District. Now, that, community transmission of the virus is alarmingly high, the necessity to procure this Truenat Machine is considerably necessary for the District Hospital Chandel,” they stated.
Stating that the machine is categorized as Uno, Duo and Quattro or simply as I, 2 & 4 Channel according to the number of test done at a time, the price ranging from 6 Lakhs, 9 Lakhs & 18 Lakhs respectively (inclusive of tax), the CSOs said that the price per Test Kit for COVID-19 is about Rs. 1340 and the Conformity Kit cost is around the same.
The handling of machine is very simple and easy to use and can be handled by the Lab Technicians of the District Hospital with one day training program, they stated appraised the DC to consider for purchase of Duo TrueNat Machine for our District.
Affirming that this is one grievance of the district, the CSOs called on the DC interest of the public for immediate approval to sanction the fund and initiate steps to place an order for purchase of TrueNat Machine, Test Kit & Conformity Kit.
“We anticipate your prompt response within a week time. In the event, the District Administration has difficulty to consider the “Public Proposal’; the public may assume that the District Administration is non-committed to public grievances during COVID 19 Pandemic situation,” they stated.
Talking to The Morning Bell, KNPO General Secretary Huten Alexander said that Chandel district is perhaps the only district in the state without a TrueNat machine or testing kits. And in view of the recent incidents in the district, it is vital that such machines are bought for faster detection of the virus, he added.