Imphal, April 21
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today said that even though Manipur today has zero positive case of COVID-19, state should never take it easy but should rather take it as the beginning of the long battle against the killer Coronavirus.
“State must never take it easy with the notion that it has zero positive case now, it must be taken as just a beginning of a long battle against the deadly Coronavirus which requires a systematic approach to come out victorious”, The Chief Minister said while attending the distribution programme of COVID-19 prevention items to the Chief Medical Officers of different districts of the State under the Local Area Development Fund of Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency MP Lorho S. Pfoze at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
N. Biren Singh said that the State needs to maintain extra vigil in its border areas to check incoming of infected persons because even a slight negligence may lead to an unmanageable situation.
On the other hand the Chief Minister also said that the Government would never tolerate and condone if anybody is found supplying sub-standard protective equipments and other medical items to the frontliners of this battle because their safety is the prime concern of the Government.
Maintaining that Mao, Behiang and border areas of Kamjong and Tengnoupal districts are so vulnerable, the Chief Minister said that he had directed DGP L.M. Khaute to reinforce with more police force in Churachandpur district to increase the number of check posts. He also said that the Cabinet had also discussed to open grocery kiosks in selected border areas to stop crossing of border by people to purchase essential items.
A total of 85 thermal scanners, 930 PPEs, 510 N95 masks, 26,000 three-layer masks, 25,500 gloves, 85 oximeters, 8500 surgical caps and 85 sanitizers were distributed to the CMOs of different districts. One BiPAP Ventilator each was also handed over to the CMOs of Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, Tengnoupal and Jiribam and the Medical Officer of Mao PHC. All these medical equipments were procured with the funds from LADF of Lorho S. Pfoze.
Health and Family Welfare Minister L. Jayantakumar, CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam, PHE Minister L. Dikho, MLAs Awangbow Newmai and Th. Satyabrata, MP Lorho S. Pfoze and Tamenglong ADC Chairman Namsinrei Panmei were present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister thanked MP Lorho S. Pfoze for distributing essential medical items to different districts with the funds from his LADF. Expressing gratitude to the people for their unstinting support and cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, the Chief Minister said that the CM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund had received over Rs. 8 crore as donation so far.
MP Lorho S. Pfoze said that 13 out of total 19 districts of the State partially or fully come under the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency. As such, he had decided to provide COVID-19 preventive medical items to all the districts. He said, so far, the epidemic is well tackled by the State Government under the abled leadership of the Chief Minister.
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