COVID patient in Keirao Bitra left unattended by Health Dept
IMPHAL: Rapid rise in COVID-19 positive cases has caused a headache to the state Government. Taking serious note of the situation, the State Government has prepared to Convert Imphal Hospital to COVID care hospital for treatment of the COVID-19 infected patients.
Chief Minister N Biren who is in charge of the Health department, while talking to a local TV Channel said, in view of the increasing COVID-19 cases, the state Government has prepared to take up some stern action to contain the pandemic. Government has instructed senior doctors to check the health condition of the COVID-19 patients at different COVID care centres two-three times a day. The Principal Secretary (Health) has issued an order to this effect.
Following a review meeting, two IAS officers have been assigned to monitor the performance, attendance of the doctors of JNIMS and RIMS. The two bureaucrat officers will monitor if the doctors are regularly attending the patients.
He said that the Government has considered the imposition of total lockdown in the containment areas if the number of COVID-19 patients goes on increasing.
Chief Minister also divulged that the state Government has completed preparation to open another 100 bedded COVID-19 care ward at JNIMS in view of the situation.
Stressing the role of local clubs and CSOs in the fight against COVID-19, the Chief Minister sought support from them to ensure that people follow proper SOPs, social distancing, wear face masks etc.
Notably, with the rapid rise in local transmission of COVID-19, the state is facing shortage of beds to accommodate the COVID-19 positive cases in the COVID care centres, prompting some local clubs to quarantine the COVID-19 patients at local club buildings or community halls.
At Keirao Bitra Khunou in Imphal east, one woman COVID-19 positive patient has been kept isolated at a local Government school with the concerned CMO Imphal east failing to shift the patient to a COVID-care centre on the ground of unavailability of bed.
According to Keirao Khunou Youth Development Committee Secretary, the 25 year old man and another 27 year old woman from the same family of Keirao Khunou were found positive on October 5 and October 12. However, no officials from Imphal East CMO rushed to the spot to evacuate the patients to COVID care hospitals despite repeated requests from the local clubs. As such, the local club is monitoring the patients by providing necessary medicines and food to the patients, isolated at their local government school.
Who will take responsibility if the COVID-19 patients die due to the infection and in the event of spreading of the virus in the locality?, he questioned.
However, CMO Imphal east has evacuated one elderly woman with comorbid health conditions to RD Wing Lamphel, only after intervention from the local MLA, he added.
Meanwhile, the state’s COVID-19 tally on Thursday rose to 14,378 with 284 more fresh positive cases being reported while the death toll hit 104 as the state recorded one more death case in the span of 24 hours.
According to a daily bulletin of Covid Common Control Room, of the 284 fresh COVID-19 cases, 265 are from the general population and 19 belonged to Central Armed Police Force personnel. 262 individuals from among the general population are locally transmitted with no significant history of travelling outside the state, informed the statement.
The fresh positive cases were detected at JNIMS-160, Senapati-1, Thoubal-10, Noney-4, Shija Hospital-7, Kamjong-3, Maipakpi Hospital-1, Churachandpur-16, Imphal east-7, Bishnupur-6, Kakching-9, RD Wing-7, Senapati-3, Raj Medicity-4, Jivan Hospital-3, Babina Diagnostic-17, CMC-3, Jiribam-1, Kangpokpi-5, Tengnoupal-2, Advance Hospital-3, Asian Hospital-2, Tamenglong-8 and RL-2.
The positive cases from among the civilians include 22 from Imphal West district, 91 from Imphal East, 15 from Thoubal, three from Kamjong, three from Chandel, two from Tengnoupal, one from Jiribam, nine from Tamenglong, 10 from Kakching, 52 from Churachandpur, 15 from Senapati, 30 from Kangpokpi, eight from Bishnupur and four from Noney.
Only two persons from Imphal east and Bishnupur are returnees while the remaining are locals without significant travel history. All the infected patients are being shifted to COVID care facilities and necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, added the Health Department.
In the span of 24 hours, one 58 year old man from Imphal west expired at Raj Medicity due to COVID-19, thus taking the death toll to 104, added the statement.
On Thursday, altogether 166 persons were discharged CAPF- 41, Home isolation-28, RIMS-10, JNIMS-3, CCC Lamboikhongnangkhong-29, CCC UNACCO-20, PR Kakching-21, Tamenglong-1, Noney-1, CCC Lanva-3, Sadhbhavna-3, Senapati-1, Bishnupur-4 and Kangpokpi-1.
The cumulative number of recovered cases stood at 11,081 while the active cases at 3193 which includes 2848 civilians and 345 security personnel. Recovery rate stood at 77.06 percent on Thursday.