Use of Biometric device in Govt Offices temporarily suspended
IMPHAL: Reiterating that the state has no any confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus till date, Chief Minister N Biren appealed to the people not to get panicked. The CM, however, stressed on the need to take up precautionary measures not to get affected by the deadly virus.
Briefing reporters at CM Secretariat, Chief Minister N Biren said that state government is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and taking up all possible precautionary measures to counter Coronavirus from entering the state. State Level Review committee held on Thursday, where officials of Health department, directors of RIMS, JNIMS etc. attended, minutely discussed on the issue, the CM said.
Strict screenings of passengers entering the state are being carried out at entry points. Altogether, 1,21,629 passengers entering the state by surface transport and flight have been screened, Biren informed. 68,180 passengers who entered the state by flight and 53,449 passengers by surface transport have been screened. Till date, blood samples of 12 suspected passengers have been sent for testing. Of this, results of 10 samples have been confirmed negative for Coronavirus while result of two samples is still awaited, said the Chief Minister.
Taking into account the alarming situation triggered by the Virus spreading globally, State Government will start issuing forms to all the passengers entering the state via the entry points at Moreh, Jiribam, Mao, Behiang etc. to collect details of the passengers including their travel history. The report thus collected will be used for future reference as and when such Virus outbreak occurs in the state.
Though no confirmed cases is reported in the state as of now, state government began strict screening of the passengers at border entry points including Imphal International airport since January 18. Four isolation wards with eight beds each and four ventilators at RIMS, four such wards at JNIMS have been arranged. The screening at Moreh gate, bordering with Myanmar has been strengthened to prevent the Visus from entering. If any suspected case is detected at Moreh and other entry points, the patient will be quarantined at nearby community Health centre or concerned district hospitals.
Undertaking basic self-preventive measures such as use of safety mask, regular hand wash,covering mouth while coughing and sneezing, avoiding handshaking among the people and public gathering are among the key precautionary measure to stay safe from the Coronavirus, Chief Minister appealed to the people to take up precautionary measures during Yaoshang festival and Thabal Chongba etc.
Stating that Health department has opened up a 24×7 Control room, Chief Minister appealed to the people to contact the control room Phone no. 2411668 when anybody is suspected to have infected of Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Manipur Government has temporarily suspended use of Biometric attendance in government offices in the state as a precautionary measures from Coronavirus which is a contagious virus that causes respirartory infections, can transfer frtom human to human on their touch of common object.
Deputy Secretary (GAD), Government of Manipur has issued an official order to this effect today and directed all heads of departments to suspend use of Biometric devices with immediate effect.