Manipur government calls for report on preparedness from districts after surge in fresh COVID cases
‘65 fresh cases recorded between March 22 to 31, 24 from high risk states’
Manipur chief secretary Rajesh Kumar instructed the districts authorities to submit status reports on the preparedness of health facilities, COVID centres among others by March 15.
The directive was issued in view of the fresh surge in COVID positive cases in the state after joint meeting was held on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Rajesh Kumar along with COVID Task Force and State Steering Committee for COVID-19 Vaccine administration and DCs.
In the meeting the authority concerned highlighted that as many as 65 fresh COVID-19 positive cases was reported in the state between March 22 to March 31 which include 24 cases, all of them air passengers, from high risk states.
Manipur had a peak of 7639 fresh CVOID cases in the month of October, 2020. Since then it subsided to a low of 126 fresh cases during March, 2021. Case fatality rate was 1.2 percent against national average of 1.33 per cent test per million in Manipur was 192,047 against the National Average of 175,980, it said.
After the deliberations, all the DCs were directed to meet the District Task Force for COVID Vaccination daily so that unvaccinated HCWs/FLWs are covered urgently.
Commissioners of concerned departments, especially Social Welfare, Revenue, RD and PR were also instructed to mobilise the unvaccinated staff as the list of unvaccinated HCWs, Revenue Staff and Panchayat Staff have been shared by the CMOs.
Further, the DC of Imphal West and director of Health Services were instructed to facilitate smooth COVID Testing at Imphal Airport while observing social distancing and to construct a Testing Shed in the parking area. Director (Imphal Airport) had also been requested for construction of such a Testing Shed.
Moreover, the director of Health Services was given the task to arrange inspection of COVID/Isolation Wards in all the districts, and prepare a report indicating number of beds, ventilators, pulse oximeters, manpower and others by April 15. Directors of RIMS and JNIMS were also directed to submit a report on their COVID/Isolation Wards and ensure all arrangements.
Strict enforcement of wearing masks at all public places including markets, shops and others by DCs and Police department was decided to make it mandatory, followed by maintenance of strict SOPs by HODs at all the government offices.
As per the report of the state Health department, five new cases of COVID-19 positive cases were reported on Monday.