IMPHAL, March 31 - The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has urged Chief Minister N Biren Singh to utilise the services of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers in combating the COVID-19 threat in the State.
Stating that ASHA workers are highly skilled and can penetrate to all corners of the State, State Congress president Moirangthem Okendra, in a letter to the Chief Minister, said, �Kindly utilise their (ASHA workers�) service and provide the appropriate safety gear and training. I believe this will put the state in advantage while fighting against COVID-19 pandemic.�
He also suggested immediate improvement of the service protocol of the frontline workers such as security personnel, doctors and other healthcare workers in terms of sanitisation and health safety.
The State Congress chief also urged the State to set up a web portal dedicated to issues relating to COVID-19. Besides giving ease of access to the public, the web portal should have all information about facilities available like hospitals, PPE, ventilators, ICUs, isolation and quarantine facilities, relevant government orders and relief details.
On distribution of relief packages and distribution of essential commodities like rice, Okendra said the distribution may be done through elected local bodies/representatives like councillors, members of district council, Zilla Parishads, pradhans, ward members and Anganwadi workers/helpers, etc.
Meanwhile, the Manipur Congress committee has set up the MPCC Relief Fund to combat COVID-19 and appealed to the public and party sympathizers to donate through an account number, 108/17, at the Imphal Urban Cooperative Bank here, according to a press release.
CM�s Relief Fund: Donations to the Chief Minister�s COVID-19 Relief Fund are pouring in from different sections of the society. On Tuesday, Ningombam Ibochouba Singh, Bhartia Infra Project Limited MD, H Vikram Singh, MPHC Managing Director, and Sheikh Babumacha Memorial Trust Chairman Md Nur Muhammad donated Rs 5 lakh each, and the Waikhom Mani Girls College, Thoubal, contributed Rs 3 lakh. The Bishnupur Zilla Parishad and the Thoubal Zilla Parishad donated Rs 1.50 lakh each, Rajarshi Bhagyachandra Cultural Foundation, Kakching Zilla Parishad, Hotel Yaiphaba, Advocate General, Manipur, M Robindro Singh, Pangeijam Brojendra Singh, W Jadumani, Dr Kh Chinglen Singh, Dr Konika Khuraijam donated Rs 1 lakh each, while the All Manipur Panchayati Raj Government Employees Association, MTDC Executive Engineer Athokpam Dolendro Singh and Share and Care (SAC), Wangkhei, contributed Rs 50,000 each.