Stop stigmatizing and discriminating health care workers: CM

Stop stigmatizing and discriminating health care workers: CM

‘Pvt hospitals to be provided with PPE kits’

DIPR/ TMB Report

Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh appealed to the people of the State to stop stigmatizing and discriminating the healthcare workers who are risking their lives to save others at this hour of pandemic. This was stated by him at the press conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

Briefing the media persons, Chief Minister maintained that the priority of the government is to save human lives from the dreaded disease. He informed that people of the State need not panic and affirmed that the situation is under control. He said that we must learn to live with the virus till the vaccine is developed. He urged the people to obey the guidelines and SOPs issued by the government. Chief Minister maintained that the government has already issued an order that all asymptomatic patients can go for home isolation under the supervision of doctors.

The Chief Minister said that with the preventive and precautionary measures being taken up by the government, we could reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the State. He appreciated the CSOs, Police, Health workers and people for their co-operation and support in combatting the virus in the State. Shri N. Biren Singh informed that the government has given Rapid Antigen Testing kits to hospitals including private hospitals so that they can conduct COVID-19 test before admitting patients to the hospitals. PPE kits will also be provided to all the private hospitals, he added.

Biren Singh mentioned that out of 1608 active cases, around 800 cases are Paramilitary personnel and 800 cases are from general population. Chief Minister stated that the recovery rate of Covid-19 cases in the State is around 70% which is much higher than that of other States and National average. The fatality rate of the State stands at 0.4 % while the National average is 1.9 %, he added.

Replying to a query regarding increasing number of cases in paramilitary personnel in the State, Chief Minister informed that a meeting has been convened tomorrow with the high ranking officials of CAPF to review the measures being taken up by their Units to combat the further spread of the disease among the personnel. He further informed that the State government has requested the Union Home Ministry to suspend further transfer and postings of CAPF personnel in the State for some period. He said that a SOP will be issued for the inter-state and intra-state movement of vehicles and persons soon.

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