IMPHAL: National Health Mission and Directorate of Health Services, Manipur organised a media sensitisation workshop on COVID-19 at Heritage Hall of Indian Medical Association on Thursday.
The event started off by undertaking the pledge with Director, DHS, Dr. K. Rajo Singh and media persons and related officials swearing to fight Coronavirus by following basic rules and preventive measures. Later, the event continued with interactive programs to discuss various issues regarding COVID-19 in the state.
The moderator of the workshop Dr. Kh. Sasheekumar Mangang, Additional Director, DHS, explained the role of media platforms in helping to meet all the line department’s cooperation and coordination to address the people and aware during any societal crisis, thus curving the situations to return back into normal existence.
Panelist of experts for the interactive discussion gave clarification with in-depth information during to allow for formulation of collective strategies between media personnel and officials of several sectors in Health department to fight against COVID-19.
It was told by testing sector team leader Dr. N. Somorjit that more than 2000 samples are tested in JNIMS and RIMS per day. And there are no tests pending issues unlike before, he added.
In response to a question by media persons on safety of discarding bio-medical wastes it was told that bio- medical waste of all the quarantine centers were managed and discarded safely by the authority, yet there are also municipal waste that needs to be categorised, and enlightened by the management team leader of quarantine sector Dr. L. Arkay and Dr. L Somorendro, respectively.
There are approximately 100 containment zone as of now and because of lack in manpower, the government has prepared recruitment of 300 doctors. The recruitment of 50 nurses has also been processed already, said Dr. Kh. Shasheekumar in response to queries by media persons.
The health department is also taking serious concern for mental issues related within inmates of quarantine centers in the state. It was stated that 33 volunteer psychologists were deployed in various quarantine centers in the state and so far 8016 people have done counselling to cope their mental state as the isolation imposed by quarantine frequently leaves people feeling that they have no control over the situation.
Psychologist support team leader Dr. A. Ranita told that helpline number is available for any mental support to help cope with mentality issues during isolation and undergoing quarantine periods.
The media sensitisation workshop turned out to be successful in clarifying reasonable facts and information between health services and media personnel.