IMPHAL: Result of all the seven blood samples sent for lab test have been confirmed negative for deadly Novel Coronavirus and as such there is no any positive cases in the state, said a top State Health official on Monday.
12 more people who returned to Manipur from China, Thailand and Singapore on Monday have been kept under home surveillance by State Health officials for possible exposure to Novel Coronavirus. With this, a total of 199 persons in the state are under home surveillance, divulged, Dr L Arke Singh, Additional director (Public Health)/SSO, IDSP.
Following instruction from the Central Health Ministry to compulsorily screen the people returning from China, Thailand and Singapore and keep them under strict surveillance, State Health officials began to screen such persons and keep them under home surveillance. Earlier, 182 have been kept under home surveillance.
According to the Health officer, result of all the seven blood samples sent for lab test have been received and confirmed negative for Coronavirus. So far, there is no any positive cases and suspected cases in the hospital. Health of the seven persons from whom the blood samples were collected are in good condition. So far, no person with history of visiting Wuhan city of China, the epicenter of the Coronavirus, have entered the state.
Notably, in the wake of global spread of Coronavirus, State Health authority had earlier requested the Education department t prepare take up preparedness and prevention of Coronavirus.
Regarding the activities being taken up by the state health officials, the Health officer said that video conferencing of State Health officials and Central Health ministry was held today at 11 AM at NIC, New secretariat. A meeting of Additional director (Public Health) and Army personnel of Leimakhong was held regarding preparedness and response. Video conferencing of Health officials with Ministry of Health and Family welfare and all states and other stakeholders was held on Friday at NC, New Secretariat, Imphal. Another video conferencing with the officials of the central Health ministry and NCDC was also held on February 5. A meeting of health officials from JNIMS, RIMS and Health department with Principal secretary (Health) in the chair on February 6 minutely discussed about the precautionary measures to be taken up when the Coronavirus is spread in the state.
State Health officials are communicating with Ministry of Health on daily basis. Screening at Airport and surface points of entry by the Health officials in the districts is in full swing and report is sent to the Centre regularly. Sensitization at district and community level by the concerned district health authorities is underway apart from making the control, room functional by 24×7, added the Additional director.