Imphal: Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Vumlunmang on Friday said that in order to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Manipur, a new SOP has been issued on October 31, 2020 for Covid-19 preventive action by local Committees, Assembly-Segment Committees and District Level Committees.
This statement was made during a press briefing held at Directorate Health and Services, Lamphelpat on Friday.
Addressing media persons, Principal Secretary Vumlunmang informed that Covid prevention activities will be taken up at localities level and there will be local Covid awareness cum enforcement committee which will be formed by the Assembly-Segment Covid Awareness Committee. He said that this will be the first step that the state government has introduced in order to control the spread of Covid-19 in Manipur.
He further informed that a Central team visited Manipur from October 28, 2020 to November 2, 2020, and they recommended ensuring a surge in capacity for facilities, home isolation, CCC, district hospitals and medical colleges; uninterrupted supply of oxygen; more manpower, look within organization first, involve all disciplines; seamless tele-consultation for home isolation cases; proper media plan to increase awareness; analyses available data; integrated Covid-19 control Centre, better coordination and ensure adequate funding.
The team was concerned about the number of beds in the hospital for Covid-19. He informed that RIMS and JNIMS hospitals have 245 Covid beds; district hospitals have 80 beds; Shija hospital has 50 beds and Raj Medicity has 24. CMHT and PMJAY health cards now cover Covid-19 treatment costs.
Vumlungmang further informed that the capacity of CCC increased in the state and said that there are 2, 264 beds in 35 Covid-19 care centres throughout the state. He said that the health department has started home isolation, mentioning that till date 3,137 persons adopted home isolation, among the population 2,345 persons have recovered. Also, medicines packets have been distributed and pulse oximeters were purchased and distributed wherever required. It was said that a nodal officer was appointed for home isolation for both state level and district level to monitor the inmates, and said that home isolation is another activity taken up by the health department.
He also further informed that a life insurance scheme covering all frontline workers of Rs. 50 lakh from the government of India has been launched. He clarified that the said life insurance scheme covers all front line workers in the government, private sectors and volunteers.
In conclusion he said that, to increase testing capacity, the health department has decided to start a mobile testing team that will be visiting different localities and different villages. The testing will be conducted in the localities and villages itself. The facility will start very shortly, he said and further clarified that the state has enough testing kits available in both RT-PCR and RAT to expand more testing so that anyone who has an infection with Covid-19 can be confirmed without any delay.
Director of Health and Services K. Rajo said that this media interaction programme will be organized every Friday. The main aim and objective of the interaction is to give the reports and update of the week through electronic and print media to all the people residing in every nook and corner in the state at grass root level.
Additional directors, joint directors, nodal officers and various related to the medical department attended the press meet.