Imphal: Health & Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh had expressed that we need to maintain good health and practice the norm of social distancing to keep COVID-19 away. Minister was speaking at a press conference held at his residential quarter at Bapupara today.
Minister Jayantakumar said that the Government, specially, Health Department has been putting its best effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Manipur Government is also keeping in touch with the Ministry of Health, Government of India for suggestions and help to take up necessary steps in curbing the curve of the pandemic. He informed that there were two positive cases of COVID-19 in the state but the patients have been discharged after testing negative. This doesn’t mean that we are totally free from the disease and we need to be more careful in the coming days.
Talking to media persons, Minister said that the Government is taking up steps to bring Manipuri people who have been being stranded outside the State. As a first step, the Government had sent 4 buses to Assam to bring 84 people who are stranded at Manipur Bhawan, Assam. The passengers will be strictly screened and examined at Mao Gate as an initial step, after which they will be sent to Imphal Valley quarantine centre for further examination where they have to stay for a day. After their stay at this quarantine centre, they will be put under quarantine for 14 days as a mandatory action. The persons will either be quarantined at home or at the institutional quarantine centres depending upon the decisions made by the health experts.
He also maintained that the local people should not have any social stigmas against the persons who are returning back home since they have not been classified as infected by the virus. Minister also highlighted the facilities available related to COVID-19 at different district hospitals including RIMS and JNIMS.
Minister further stated that the Government is also seeking the help of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Home to give permission for chartered flights to carry back the Manipuri people that are being stranded in different parts of the country home.