Imphal: The United Front, Manipur (UFM) recommends the proclamation of another round of total lockdown in the state asserting that it will successfully bring down the number of positive cases of Covid-19 as well as related deaths. But foremost, in the present situation the best approach to contain the Covid-19 pandemic is to rely on the opinions of medical experts.
The statement was made by the Chairman of UFM Sapam Shamungou during a press meet held at Manipur Press Club on Saturday.
Addressing the media persons, S. Shamungou said that if we look at the population ratio, Manipur is likely to have the highest in terms of death and positive cases among all the northeastern states. The first positive case in Manipur was discovered on March 25 and the second positive case on April 2, 2020. During that period, the state government took up strong precautionary measures, later after the discharging of the two positive patients, the government had declared the state a green zone. But, after the rapid increase in the number of positive cases and deaths, the state government appeared to have relaxed restrictions in all the segments, he continued.
He further said in the preparation of contingency plans to contain Covid-19 pandemic situation, just table work would not be enough to cope with the present condition. He called for increasing the level of seriousness in taking up the measures and urged the state government to strictly monitor the prevailing situation in every district of Manipur.
“If we want to overcome and successfully face the Covid-19 pandemic situation, taking advice and suggestions from the experts’ committees as well as medical experts are very much necessary,” he stated.
He also further said that most of the population in the state are obedient on wearing proper face masks and using hand sanitizers but unfortunately still they are responding sincerely on following SOPs and physical distancing till now, indicating the flaw as responsible for the unabated cases each day.
He appealed to the state government to impose total lockdown for a few days in the state to put a stronghold on the number of positive cases and deaths due to the disease.