IMPHAL: A meeting of the State Consultative Committee for COVID-19 held at Chief Minister Secretariat with Chief Minister N Biren in the chair on Saturday discussed the need for opening up Community Quarantine Centres for students and other local people stranded in other states should they come home.
The committee also discussed the need for scaling up test for COVID-19.
The committee appreciated the measures taken by the State Government so far for prevention and containment of COVID-19. The cooperation of the people of Manipur during the difficult period was appreciated and the committee thanked the people for their support.
It was noted that thousands of people from Manipur are stranded outside the state due to lockdown and the committee acknowledged the hardships faced by them. The committee appreciated the steps taken by the State government to ameliorate the hardships of those stranded and also agreed that a suitable mechanism for bringing them back to Manipur needs to be worked out.
For those who do not need institutional quarantine, it felt the need for opening of “Community Quarantine Centres” in various constituencies to quarantine students and other local people stranded outside, after they return to the state. Health Department may assist the local MLAs and clubs in identifying various locations and then capacities/modalities as per guidelines.
The committee also noted the hardships faced by those stranded within the state due to restrictions on inter district movement and felt the need to devise ways to gradually ease movement within the state.
The meeting discussed about Testing for COVID-19 and the Committee noted the importance of scaling up testing. The need to have in place clear-cut protocols for screening/testing of returning persons was also discussed.
The committee also discussed the need of cooperation and support from local people in allowing back persons who are negative to their homes,
The meeting discussed about the risk arising from persons crossing the porous International border. It was felt that the Police Department needs to maintain strict vigil and setting up of Police pickets in some of the border villages may also be explored.