IMPHAL: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh took stock of the COVID-19 situation in the State in a meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. He instructed the concerned officials to concentrate their energy in tackling COVID-19. The Chief Minister said that he would be available 24×7 for any issue relating to the pandemic.
In a positive development, the State has witnessed considerable increase in the daily testing capacity in the past one week. Now, the testing labs of the State can test 2000-2500 samples everyday. As such, there has been a drastic fall in the number of samples awaiting results. The State has tested more than 45,000 samples so far and the positivity rate stands at 2.33 %.
In order to provide prompt care and early treatment to positive persons, the Government is planning to open COVID Care Centres at Senapati, Kangpokpi, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Tamenglong, two more centres in Imphal West and one in Thoubal soon apart from the existing COVID Care Centres opened at RIMS, JNIMS, UNACCO School and Bishnupur District Hospital.
393 persons have recovered from the disease as on 26th June and the recovery rate of the State is 36.55%. Of the total 1056 total positive cases detected till 25th June, 529 are returnees from Delhi. Major chunk of the positive cases (921 out of the 1056 cases) are in the age group of 19 to 49 years. Tamenglong district has the highest number of active cases as on June 25 with 137 cases.
Meanwhile, a four-member COVID Admission Committee has been formed with the Health Services Director as the Chairman to ensure that all the COVID-19 positive persons are attended to promptly and accommodated at a suitable COVID Hospital or COVID Care Centre. An order to this effect has been issued by Principal Secretary (Health) on June 24 last.
Symptomatic persons have to be admitted to RIMS or JNIMS as per allocated districts. Medical Superintendents of RIMS and JNIMS would ensure that some spare beds are always available for such symptomatic persons and CMOs would coordinate with the COVID Admission Committee whenever required.
The Committee would monitor the occupancy and vacancy position at each COVID-19 Hospital and COVID Care Centres. The Medical Superintendents or in-charge of hospitals and COVID Care Centres would provide updated report regularly to the Committee.
All the CMOs would approach the Committee to ensure that COVID-19 positive cases are admitted to appropriate centres promptly and smoothly and the Chairman of the Committee would put in place a mechanism to ensure that admission requirements are handled smoothly 24/7.