IMPHAL, April 21 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today said that the State needs to maintain extra vigil along the border. He was speaking while distributing preventive aids to chief medical officers (CMOs) of various districts under the Local Area Development Fund of Lok Sabha member (Manipur Outer) Lorho S Pfoze here.
Maintaining that Mao, Behiang and the border areas of Kamjong and Tengnoupal districts are vulnerable, the Chief Minister said that he had directed the State police chief to reinforce the force in Churachandpur district and increase the number of check posts.
He said the State cabinet had also discussed opening of grocery kiosks in some border areas to discourage crossing of border by people to purchase essential items.
The Chief Minister asserted that a systematic approach is required to overcome the current situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and added that the Government would not tolerate if anybody is found supplying substandard medical items to frontline workers.
In today�s distribution programme, 85 thermal scanners, 930 PPE kits, 510 N-95 masks, 26,000 three-layered masks, 25,500 gloves, 85 oximeters, 8,500 surgical caps and 85 sanitizers which were procured with funds from MP Lorho�s LADF, were distributed to the CMOs.
One BiPAP ventilator each was also handed over to the CMOs of Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, Tengnoupal and Jiribam and the Medical Officer of the Mao PHC.
In his speech, MP Lorho said that 13 out of the total 19 districts of the State partially or fully fall under the jurisdiction of the Manipur Outer Parliamentary Constituency.
Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam, Public Health Engineering Minister L Dikho, MLAs Awangbow Newmai (Tamei) and Th Satyabrata (Yaiskul), MP Lorho S Pfoze and Tamenglong Autonomous District Council chairman Namsinrei Panmei also attended the function.
Manipur Governor: Governor Dr Najma Heptulla on Monday interacted with deputy commissioners of 16 districts through video conferencing at the Raj Bhavan in Imphal. The conference was held to take stock of the preparedness in each district during the ongoing lockdown, supply and distribution of food items and essential goods, and the grievances redress mechanism, a report of the DIPR, Manipur, stated. As many as 11,126 migrant workers have been provided dry rations in Imphal West district and rice distribution has been completed in two Assembly constituencies of the district. The process is on for four other constituencies.
The Governor praised the DCs for their hard work and called for random screening as a precautionary measure.