Imphal: Director of Health Services Dr. K. Rajo Singh has informed that the Health Department has started Covid-19 testing at Imphal International Airport, Jiribam and Mao Gate as a precautionary measure to contain the second wave of Covid-19 and that the department has also started identifying Covid Care Centres (CCC) and isolation centres in all the districts and in Community Health Centre and Primary Health Centre (PHC).
Addressing a press conference at Directorate of Family Welfare on Monday, Dr. K Rajo Singh conveyed that in order to tackle the second wave of Covid-19 in the State, all the sections of the Health Department and Family Welfare Department have started making necessary preparation and started identifying Covid Care Centres (CCC) in all the districts. He said that the Health Department has started identifying home isolation and ICU in all the districts, including Community Health Centre and Primary Health Centre (PHC).
He said that the Covid-19 second wave has hit many States mainly Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana and the State of Manipur is also witnessing an increased number of Covid-19 positive cases in the last two weeks. He informed that the total number of positive cases in the State at present is 29, 721 while the total number of recovered cases is 29, 070 with 251 active cases and recovery rate of 97.87 percent. On the other hand, the total number of active cases in home isolation at present is 141 with 9,179 recovered cases and 9,733 cumulative numbers of active cases, he added.
He said that the number of positive cases reported till April 7 were one or two cases in 24 hours but after April 7, the number of positive cases gradually increased day by day with 20, 26 and 30 cases per day. He further informed that on Sunday, the State witnessed 72 positive cases in a single day and considering the spike in positive cases, the Health Department has started Covid-19 testing at some main entrances including Imphal International Airport, Jiribam and Mao Gate.
He said that before entering the State, all persons have to bring negative report with the concerned department issuing an order recently that all persons entering Manipur whether by air or road should bring negative report of RT-PCR/TrueNatCB-NAAT Covid test report taken within 72 hours from arrival in the State.
Dr Rajo went on to inform that the Health Department has also appointed tracing Nodal Officers in all the districts where they have to test at least 30 percent of positive cases. He explained that the second wave of Covid-19 is spreading fast and many young people have contracted the deadly virus and at the same time the positivity rate is also increasing day by day. He assured that the State Government has started taking up strong measures to contain the second wave of Covid-19 in the State.
He said that so far 1,700 people have received vaccination in the first phase and about 50, 000 people in the second phase which began from January 16. He said that recently Tika-Utsav, mass vaccination of Covid-19 was launched in the State on April 11 and another one week was extended after April 14 to vaccinate maximum eligible persons.
Disclosing that there are two lakh of Covid vaccines in stock in the State and there is no shortage of vaccines as of now, he appealed to the people above 45 years to get vaccinated from Covid.