Manipur to begin COVID-19 vaccination of people above 18 years from Monday; medical staff to get incentives

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that doctors, nurses and all other personnel, who are directly involved in COVID-19 treatment and duty would be given incentives.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday announced that COVID-19 vaccination of people belonging to the age group of 18-44 years would begin from May 17. 

In a video message to the people of the state, he informed that the state had received 39,000 doses so far for the vaccination of this age group. He urged all those belonging to the age group to register themselves on or Arogya Setu App or UMANG App to receive vaccination schedules on their phone.

Government Incentives for COVID-19 healthcare workers

1. The chief minister also announced that doctors, nurses and all other personnel, who are directly involved in COVID-19 treatment and duty would be given incentives of Rs 500, Rs 400 and Rs 150 per day respectively.

2. The chief minister also said that drivers and handymen, who are transporting oxygen cylinders from other states, would also be given Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 per trip respectively.

Biren also urged all those, who have oxygen cylinders at home to donate them to the government considering the ever-increasing demand of medical oxygen in the hospitals for COVID-19 treatment. He said that all these cylinders would be returned to the owners after the pandemic is over. He also asked the public not to panic as the government is putting in all possible efforts and making all necessary arrangements to effectively tackle the pandemic.

Although generation of medical oxygen in the state had tremendously increased in the past few weeks with committed efforts from the state government, he said, more oxygen is also being brought in from Nagaon, Silchar and Dimapur round the clock. He further informed that the current daily oxygen requirement of the State had increased to 1,200 D-Type cylinders and 450 B-Type cylinders.

As such, the government is trying to explore all possible means to ensure no dearth in oxygen supply, he said adding that oxygen generating units of different capacities would be set up in all the districts at the earliest. In addition to the 50 oxygen concentrators which the state had received a few days back, around 1,000 more concentrators would arrive in a couple of days, he said.

Mentioning that RIMS, JNIMS and Shija Hospitals have their own oxygen generating units, he said that the newly installed units at Churachandpur and Thoubal District Hospitals are also likely to start functioning by May 17.

Regarding manpower, he said that 230 doctors and 178 new nurses have been engaged on contract basis to meet the manpower requirement. He further said that more ambulances would also be provided to some hill districts soon.

Free aid for COVID-19 patients in home isolation

Meanwhile, the CM said, the State Technical Expert Committee had approved use of Ivermectin tablets by COVID-19 positive patients. The medicine was prescribed by doctors during COVID first wave as well. Now, Ivermectin tablets along with Vitamin C, Zinc, D3 tablets and pulse oximeters would be distributed free of cost to Home Isolation patients, he added. 

Observing that there is a joint effort to overcome the pandemic, he urged the public to fight it with confidence and stop panicking. SOPs adherence, timely prevention and early treatment are the only means to effectively tackle the virus, he said.


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First Published:May 14, 2021, 8:45 p.m.

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