IMPHAL, June 26 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today took stock of the COVID-19 situation in the State in a meeting with the COVID-19 Task Force here.
According to sources at the Chief Minister�s Secretariat, Biren Singh instructed the officials concerned to concentrate on tackling COVID-19, stating that he would be available round the clock to address any issue relating to the pandemic.
The daily testing capacity has considerably increased in Manipur since the past one week with the laboratories in the State now testing 2,000 to 2,500 samples every day. As a result, there is no delay in getting results of swab tests. The State has tested more than 45,000 samples so far and the positive cases stand at 2.33 per cent.
In order to provide prompt care and early treatment to positive persons, the Government is planning to open COVID Care Centres at Senapati, Kangpokpi, Churachandpur, Ukhrul and Tamenglong. Two more centres in Imphal West and one in Thoubal are also coming up, apart from the existing COVID Care Centres at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), UNACCO School and the Bishnupur District Hospital.
As on June 26, 393 persons have recovered in Manipur, The recovery rate is 36.55 per cent. Of the total 1,075 positive cases detected till date, 529 are returnees from Delhi. Majority of the positive cases are in the age group of 19 to 49 years. Tamenglong district has the highest number of active cases as on June 25 with 137 cases.
Meanwhile, a four-member COVID Admission Committee has been formed with the Health Services Director as its chairman to ensure that all COVID-19 positive persons are attended to promptly and accommodated at a suitable COVID hospital or COVID Care Centre.
The committee will monitor the occupancy and vacancy position at every COVID-19 hospital and COVID Care Centre. Medical superintendents or those in charge of the hospitals and COVID Care Centres will provide updated reports to the committee on a regular basis. Symptomatic persons have to be admitted to the RIMS or the JNIMS as per the allocation for districts.
All the Chief Medical Officers will approach the committee to ensure that COVID-19 positive cases are admitted to appropriate centres promptly and smoothly. The chairman of the committee will put into place a mechanism to ensure that admission requirements are handled smoothly.