Imphal, Aug 7: A 3-member multi disciplinary central team arrived here in Imphal today to aid the State Health Department in managing the pandemic for the second time.
The team multi disciplinary team was headed by Dr L Ashananda, Sr Regional Director, Regional office of Health and Family Welfare (RoHFW) Manipur.The other two members are Dr Rameshwar, Deputy Director NCDC and Dr Smita Singhal, Consultant Microbiologist and nodal officer for Manipur.
Speaking to media persons soon after their arrival here on Friday, Dr Ashananda said that they are here to conduct a similar study on Covid 19 situation as done by the previous team from the centre to assist the state authority in tackling the situation.
As per the reports, the team will be stationed here for a few days and specifically look at areas of testing, including genome sequencing,contact tracing, Covid appropriate behaviour, availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulance, hospital wise case fatality analysis and Covid vaccination progress.
Meanwhile the state government is all set to introduce a mobile testing van in order to increase the testing rate of the Covid 19, according to Director Dr K Rajo Singh of the state health services. At the same time the health department has also started to approve the introduction of home testing kits and so far 39 cases have been tested.
Briefing the media on Friday afternoon, Director Dr Rajo said that the Covid situation in the state is somewhat improving compared to the recent past records. He however appealed to the public to follow the Covid appropriate behaviour, timely vaccination and avoid gathering as the nature of the virus is very unusual.
"So far 390 samples out of the 727 were turned out to be delta variant cases when sent for testing," he said informing that the state has so far recorded six mucormycosis or 'black fungus' cases.
Dr Manihar,the state nodal officer for vaccination who was present in the media briefing informed that the vaccination rate in the state is also increasing since May onwards.
Dr Somorjit Ningombam,state surveillance officer,Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme also admitted that the contact tracing activities in the state are on with a limited manpower.