Manipur government to intensify COVID-19 awareness drive from Wednesday

Most of the COVID-19 positive cases in Manipur are asymptomatic and about 600 patients opted for home isolation, the state health advisor said.

 

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the state, the government has decided to intensify its COVID-19 related awareness campaign drive from Wednesday.

Speaking to the media on Monday, state health advisor Sapam Ranjan stated that the public’s initiative and cooperation is also needed to control the spread of the virus apart from the measures taken up by the government.

 “Even though the number of positive cases is decreasing, the state government decided to intensify the awareness campaign to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Besides, drive against violators of guidelines will also be intensified in order to root out the virus from Manipur,” he said.

The health advisor maintained that meeting of health experts and others under the chairmanship of principal secretary (health) are being conducted frequently. 

“Till date, the state has spent about Rs 60 crore in COVID-19 related activities including expenditure for quarantine centres, COVID care centres, returnees and testing,” he stated.

Ranjan further said that most of the COVID-19 positive cases in Manipur are asymptomatic and about 600 patients opted for home isolation. He also opined that the number of positive cases is slightly controlled with the introduction of option for home isolation.

While saying that people in most places do not follow the protocols, he observed that this could be one of the main reasons for the increase in number of positive cases though the recovery rate is also witnessing a rise. 

People need to follow the guidelines strictly and especially wear a mask in a proper way, follow hand hygiene, social distancing among others, he added.

Further noting that the state’s COVID-19 fatality is 0.62 per cent, Ranjan assured that the government will take necessary steps to take it down to zero. He also sought cooperation from the public to make it happen.

Health director, Dr K Rajo; principal secretary (health), V Vumlunmang; additional director and spokesperson state health department, Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang and other health officials attended the press conference.

First Published:Oct. 6, 2020, 8:44 a.m.

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