There will be no shortage of PPE, says Health Minister L Jayantakumar

As COVID-19 cases in the state rise, Manipur Health Minister L Jayantakumar and Education Minister Th Radheshyam visited Thoubal District Hospital on Thursday.

Health Minister L Jayantakumar and Education Minister Th Radheshyam, who is also the district in-charge of Thoubal and Kakching, visited District Hospital, Thoubal, on Thursday and said that there will be no shortage of PPE for the health workers.

The ministerial team held a meeting with Thoubal chief medical officer Dr N Jayentakumar, medical superintendent Dr Ch Memcha, health workers and district officials.

During the meeting, Jayantakumar said that the funds allocated for room renovation for accommodating doctors, nurses and health workers will be released soon so that necessary preparations can be carried out.

The health minister said as promised earlier an emergency medicine doctor has been posted as per the requirement at the hospital. An isolation ward has also been established in the hospital and the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other equipment will be used in the best way to encounter Covid-19, he added.

The health minister assured that there will be no shortage of PPE, and cautioned the health workers to abide with the guidelines for the usage of the PPE. He informed that the PPEs are used as protective gears to protect the health of the workers.

The PPE is to be used by the people most at risk of COVID-19 infection who will be in close contact with a suspect/confirmed COVID-19 patient or who cares for such patients as prescribed in the guidelines by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, he said.

On the shortage of vehicles, the minister said that arrangement will be made as per the needs. He informed the gathering that since Thoubal district is witnessing an increase in the number of positive cases, ALS Ambulance stationed at Kakching can be co-utilised. He said that the Government of India has also announced ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19’ for those working in frontline to fight the pandemic.

The minister urged all the health workers and those engaged in fighting the pandemic to work with dedication and give their fullest considering their services for the cause of humanity.

Thokchom Radheshyam said that protocol must be followed while combating the pandemic and care the patient as well. He said that as we are facing war like situation as the frontline workers, we must overcome the fear and discharge our duty as service to humanity.  He appealed to be careful and cautious so that the spread of the pandemic could be contained.

First Published:May 29, 2020, 7:33 a.m.