Manipur: After Quarantino, it's Covina and Covida as Kangpokpi sets the trend in naming quarantine babies after COVID-19

Born exactly after a month of the first quarantine baby in Manipur, Emmanuel Quarantino, Kangpokpi reports two more quarantine babies named Covina and Covida.

As two more babies are born at quarantine centres in Manipur’s Kangpokpi recently, taking the number of newborn quarantine babies to three in the district, naming of the babies after Coronavirus and Quarantine is becoming a trend. While the first quarantine baby was named Emmanuel Quarantino, the two newborns, a girl and a boy, were named Covina and Covida respectively.   

Born exactly after a month of the first quarantine baby in Manipur, Emmanuel Quarantino, two more babies, a boy and a girl, were born in two different quarantine centres. The newborn girl was named Covina by the district SDO and the baby boy was named Covida by the medical team.

The baby girl was born to a Gurgaon returnee couple, Seigin alias Gin Hangshing and Nengminhoi Hangshing on July 1, 11.35 am. The day will remain a memorable one for the couple as their first child was delivered at the institutional quarantine centre where they are put under surveillance as per government guidelines. Both hail from Motbung Model village and returned from Gurgaon on May 25 in a special Shamrik train and reached Kangpokpi via Jiribam on May 29. Since then, they are lodged at IGNTU-RCM, Makhan institutional quarantine centre along with hundred other returnees.

The couple had to stay back for more than 30 days at the institutional quarantine centre as many positive cases among the inmates have been detected one after another. Almost 60 positive cases have been reported from IGNTU-RCM Makhan institutional quarantine centre till date.

The baby girl was delivered with the help of a team of PHC Motbung led by Dr Imocha and Dr Kennedy with two sisters under the supervision of CMO Kangpokpi Dr Nilakanta Singh and in-charge medical superintendent of District Hospital, Kangpokpi Dr Paotinlal Haokip at the institutional quarantine centre where the couple stayed in a separate room. The baby is healthy while her mother has no immediate health complications, doctors said.

Later, the baby girl and her parent were shifted to MTC institutional quarantine centre from IGNTU-RCM Makhan, and was named ‘Covina’ by the in-charge quarantine centre of Kangpokpi block, Chunglenmang Kipgen, who visited the baby girl along with additional lSP (Ops), Lalminlen Misao and this IFP correspondent.

Meanwhile, on Friday, a medical team led by MO in-charge of PHC Kalapahar Dr. Nengpilhing, helped deliver a healthy baby boy at Tumnoupokpi Home Quarantine under the supervision of Dr Nilakanta Singh and Dr Paotinlal Haokip. After the successful delivery of the baby boy, Dr Nengpilhing and her husband Ngamminlen along with the medical team named the baby boy ‘Covida’. The child’s mother Jasmine was a Bangalore returnee who reached the state on May 29. The baby boy and her mother are healthy, the medical team said.

Emmanuel Quarantino, the first quarantine baby, was delivered at Emmanuel School Haipi institutional quarantine centre by the same medical team led by Dr Nengpilhing and Dr Thangboi.

Now, Kangpokpi district has three quarantine babies - Quarantino, Covina, Covida.

First Published: July 5, 2020, 11:30 a.m.