IMPHAL, June 16 - The Manipur Health Department is planning to convert the newly-opened COVID care centre at the UNNACO school campus on the outskirts of Imphal, into a 300-bed facility.
Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh stated this during a programme held to distribute ambulances among chief medical officers (CMOs), at the office of the Directorate of Health Services here today. Manipur Director of Health Services Dr K Rajo and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Stating that 253 beds are already available in the COVID care centre, the minister revealed that 47 more beds would be added to increase the total capacity to 300. The Health Department�s decision comes in the wake of increase of COVID-19 cases in the State.
Meanwhile, the total COVID-19 cases in Manipur today stood at 500. The number of active cases is 341. As many as 159 persons have been discharged and the recovery rate is 31.8 per cent, an official report stated.
Initially, the COVID care centre at the UNNACO school campus at Meitram in Imphal West district had a capacity of 100 beds. It has been operational since June 13. Around 75 patients are currently undergoing treatment at the centre.
Earlier, COVID-19 cases were treated only at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, besides a few district hospitals.
Jayantakumar Singh said that the ambulances have been provided to transport people who have returned to the State.
Meanwhile, the minister also distributed five SUVs � one each for Pherzawl, Jiribam, Noney, Tengnoupal and Kakching. The cars were handed over to the CMOs concerned.
Two more ambulances have been procured by the National Health Mission, Manipur, the Health Minister said, adding that one will be used at the CMO�s office, Bishnupur, while the other is meant for the Medical Directorate at Lamphelpat.