Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. An International level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:51

CM meets experts amidst covid-19 spike

IT News
Imphal, April 29:
In view of the sudden upsurge of COVID-19 cases in the State in the past couple of days, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh sought expert opinion from medical experts, bureaucrats and police to effectively tackle the second wave of COVID-19 in a meeting held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

Education Minister S. Rajen, Advisor to CM (Health) Dr. S. Ranjan, Additional Chief Secretary M.H. Khan, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, Commissioner (Education-S) T. Ranjit, Director (Health) Dr. K. Rajo, JNIMS Director Prof. K. Bhimo, Shija Hospitals Managing Director Dr. Kh. Palin, Babina Group Managing Director Dr. Th. Dhabali, Imphal West DC Shri N. Praveen, Imphal East Additional DC Shamim Ahmad Shah, Imphal East SP H. Jogeshchandra, Imphal West SP K. Meghachandra and high ranking officers of Directorate of Health Services were present in the meeting.

N. Biren Singh sought technical opinion on key points like manpower and material management, vaccination, nature of lockdown and containment zones, effective enforcement of SoPs, etc.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister assured the officials concerned that there would be no dearth of funds. He then instructed them to acquire required equipment and engage manpower at the earliest. The Chief Minister also asked them to increase COVID beds in hospitals and re-activate COVID Care Centres as soon as possible.

N. Biren Singh also expressed the need to utilise the manpower of Education Department in assisting the officials of Health Department in suitable tasks like making enquiry of home isolation patients.

IT Correspondent
Guwahati, April 28:

Assam experienced a major earthquake with  6.4 magnitude in Richter scale this morning (28 April 2021), which also hit neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Tibet (China), Myanmar and
Bangladesh. The first tremor was felt at around 7.51 am and lasted for nearly  30 seconds, followed by a mild one (4.3 magnitude) at around 7.58 am and another (4.4 magnitude) at 8.03 am.
Epicentre of the earthquake is located at Sonitpur in eastern Assam on the northern bank of mighty Brahmaputra river, adjacent to Arunachal Pradesh, which is round 180 kilometre away from Guwahati. Official parameters from National Centre for Seismology describe its magnitude
as 6.4 with location as latitude: 26.69 N, longitude: 92.36 E and depth  17 km.
Reports are pouring from various parts of north-eastern region over the damages caused by three tremors. Inside Guwahati, a number of concrete buildings including government offices, market complexes, hotels, apartments,  personal properties, faced cracks. Residents came out to the open space as the tremors hit in the morning hours.
No casualty has been reported till now from anywhere because of the quake.
State chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal took the twitter to express his concern. ‘Big earthquake hits Assam. I pray for the wellbeing of all and urge everyone to stay alert...’, he twitted.
State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also twitted over the tremor and shared some photographs from the quake hit city.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Sonowal soon after the earthquake and assured all possible helps from the Centre.
‘I pray for the well-being of the people of Assam’, the Prime Minister twitted.
Union home minister Amit Shah also talked to Sonowal and commented that the ‘central government stands firmly with our sisters and brothers of Assam’.

IT News
Imphal, April 24:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over 15 basic life support ambulances to different CMOs in a function held at the western gate of Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. These ambulances were donated by National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) to the State Government.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister informed that there is enough stock of medical oxygen in the State. He said that the State currently has 1098 D-Type cylinders, 242 Oxygen Concentrator Machines and 90 Ventilators. In addition to the existing three oxygen generating units, the Government had given permission for oxygen production to Shija Hospitals as well, he added.
Stating that there is enough stock of Remdesivir medicine as well, the Chief Minister further said that another 1000 vials would arrive on April 25. The Chief Minister further informed that JNIMS currently has 100 COVID beds while RIMS has 52 beds. In addition to this, he said, all the district hospitals and different private hospitals also have dedicated COVID beds. Maintaining that self-discipline is the only means to get rid of the pandemic, Shri N. Biren Singh also made his earnest appeal to the people of the State to have the sense of responsibility and strictly follow COVID Appropriate Behaviors considering the severity of the pandemic in its second wave. The Chief Minister appreciated Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and NHIDCL for providing 15 ambulances at this difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic. He said that one ambulance each would be handed over to Kakching CHC, Ukhrul District Hospital, Thanlon PHC and Haochong PHC while the remaining would be kept at the Directorate of Health Services headquarters for the time being for further handing over to different districts in case of exigency. He also said that NHIDCL has been doing tremendous road infrastructure development works in the State in the past few years.
At the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Minister said, the State used to face many issues due to lack of ambulance at many healthcare centres and districts. However, swift purchase of 14 new ambulances by the State Government helped significantly in the effective tackling of the pandemic, he added.
Informing that all the districts have ambulances now, the Chief Minister said that the State has a total of 12 Advanced Life Saving ambulances and 14 Basic Life Saving Ambulances excluding those which were donated by NHIDCL today. Additional ambulances are being kept for monitoring home isolation patients as well, the Chief Minister said and added that the Government is considering to provide more ambulances to the districts from time to time when the need arises.
Advisor to Chief Minister (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Kakching MLA M. Rameshwar, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, Director (Health) Dr. K Rajo and NHIDCL General Manager Col. Sanjay Kumar were also present at the occasion.

IT News
Imphal, April 15:

Photo Journalists cum reporter of Imphal Times, Sh. Ajit has been conferred the 2nd position in the wild life photography competition organized by the All Manipur working Journalists Union (AMWJU) in collaboration with Forest Department and Directorate of Environment and climate change on the theme Know your sanctuaries and wetland. The first position was begged by Robenson of Sanaleibak daily while the 3rd position was conferred to L. Ranbir of Morning Bell daily.
Photos of the competition were captured during a campaign held from January 31 to March 6, this year.
Competition for best Television reporting as well as Print media news report were also conferred today in a function held today at Manipur Press Club, which was attended by K Angami IFS principal Chief conservator of Forest, Dr T Brajakumar Jt Director Directorate of Environment and climate change , Khogendra Khomdram president Editors Guild Manipur and Bijoy Kakchingtabam President AMWJU, as dignitaries.
Best video news report was conferred to Kh Gentle and cameraman Ojit Mangang of TOM TV. While Kh Yaiphaba reporter and P Saratchandra cameraman of TOM TV beg 2nd position. Kh Jotin reporter and Irom Mocha of IMPACT TV beg 3rd position.
In the print media reporting section S. Saratchandra of Sangai Express bagged first position while Keny Phurailatpam of Imphal Free Press was conferred the 2nd position. Nando Waikhom of Sangai Express begged 3rd position.

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