State Well Prepared To Tackle Novel Coronavirus; Screening Centres Opened at Various Locations: Health Minister

State Well Prepared To Tackle Novel Coronavirus; Screening Centres Opened at Various Locations: Health Minister

TMB Report

IMPHAL: On the third day of the ongoing 10th session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh informed the House that the State is all prepared to tackle the current outbreak of novel coronavirus.

Replying to question raised during the Question Hour by Surjakumar Okram, MLA Khangabok Assembly Constituency (AC) Health Minister said that the screening process of passengers is being done by a team including two doctors, two nurses and an attendant with equipments at the Imphal International Airport. The screening process is also done along with the manpower and equipments at surface entry points since 18th Jan, 2020 namely at Moreh Gate 1 and 2, Jiribam, Beihang (Churachandpur), Sinjol (Churachandpur), Tusom (Ukhrul), Kamjong and Mao Gate (Senapati), he added.

Minister Jayantakumar informed the House that four (4) isolation wards each at RIMS and JNIMS hospitals have been opened. Stating that in the isolation wards RIMS has two (2) ventilators and one (1) ventilator in JNIMS, he said that Health Services under the instruction from the Centre has procured masks available in the local market and has cancelled the leave for all the officials and staffs under the State Health Directorate.

Informing that as there is no special budget allocated for the tackling the novel coronavirus, he said the fund available under the Office Expenses and Office Contingency will be utilised if required. Stating that the neighbouring state of Nagaland has sealed its border areas, he said the State Government is also discussing on sealing the borders and has banned the import of edible food items especially from the South East Asian countries.

He informed that 248 persons came to Manipur from China and other novel coronavirus affected countries from mid January 2020 till 17th Feb, 2020. Stating that there were 9 numbers of suspected cases, he said that seven (7) test samples received were all found to be negative. He said that out of the two awaited results, one test result received today is also tested negative.

Informing the House regarding the measures to tackle the issue, he said that sample collection and testing is done as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Government of India; Rapid Response Teams at the State and District level are on alert; Information Education and Communication (IEC) on print and electronic media by Directorate of Health Services on regular basis; sensitisation programmes at State, district and community levels are being done by concerned health authorities regularly; time to time video conference with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and regular correspondence with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi on preparedness, update and feedback.

Replying to question raised by Kumari AK Mirabai Devi, MLA Patsoi AC, Minister L. Jayantakumar informed the House that the Government has acquired land for the construction of State Mental Hospital at Salam Keikhu village, Imphal West with an area of 8.10 acres, which is under active process. He said that District Mental Health program is being implemented under the National Mental Health program in the State. The training of Medical Officers, nurses and paramedical staffs for early detection and treatment of mental health disorders is being done at the community level, he added

With regard to the ongoing Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities at school, colleges, workplace and community level, he said that free psychotropic medicine to patients, health camps, home visit for severely ill patients and operationalization of mental health care services at Health and wellness centre is being provided.

Works Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh informed the House that the construction of Greater Imphal Ring Road funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) (as loan component) will begin this year after rainy season. He said the project could not commence in 2014 due to non-availability of the State share fund, earlier the agreement was signed with ADB and State Government for project costs of Rs 440 crore in February 2014.

He said the project was resubmitted in August 2018 with estimate costs of Rs 854 crore and the project got approval on 23rd Oct, 2019. Stating that there is a need for updating the DPR, he said that survey and investigation of the project is under process following complaint regarding land acquisition in Imphal East district.

He informed the House that realignment is under process following complaint from the public for instance in Thongju AC and Heingang AC. He was replying to the question raised by Shri K. Ranjit Singh, MLA Sugnu AC.

N. Kayisii, Minister (in-charge of Tribal & Hill Areas Development) today tabled the following reports in the House:  i) Separate Audit Report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India on the Accounts of Autonomous District Council, Chandel for the years: 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. ii) Separate Audit Report of Autonomous District Council, Churachandpur for the years: 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. iii) ) Separate Audit Report on the Account of Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council, Kangpokpi for the years: 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. iv) Separate Audit Report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India on the Accounts of Autonomous District Council, Senapati for the years 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16. v) Separate Audit Report on the Accounts of Autonomous District Council, Tamenglong for the years 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. vi) Separate Audit Report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India on the Accounts of Autonomous District Council, Ukhrul for the years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. 

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