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Sunday, 26 April 2020 - Imphal Times

2nd policeman in Maharashtra passes away due to COVID 19 on Sunday

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Mumbai, April 26  

Among the 96 among the police personnel of Maharashtra 2 of them died today. Seven of them had been recovered so far.
Among the two police COVID-19 victim policemen - a 58 year old policeman attached to Vakola police station (North West Mumbai), died last week, while another policeman, a 52-year-old Head Constable, lost his life to coronavirus on Sunday. He was a resident of Kamothe in Navi Mumbai and was admitted to the MGM Hospital on 23 April. He passed away in early morning on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Health Department said on Saturday that the death rate of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra is currently 4.4 per cent. The death rate in the state is currently 4.4 per cent due to COVID-19. On analyzing 269 deaths in the state, the mortality rate in patients under 50 is comparatively low. “This age group is 0.64 per cent in ages 21–30. It increases with increasing age. It is highest in the age group of 61–70 years at 17.78 per cent. This increases the likelihood of complications in patients,” added health department.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has risen to 6,817, including 301 deaths. The Health Department said that there were 394 new positive cases and 18 deaths in the state in the last 24 hours.

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Armed group tenders apology to MLA regretting their mischievous act

IT News
CCpur, April 26,

Armed group presently ensuing suspension of Operation with the Government of India and Manipur – the Hmar Peoples’ Convention ,HPC,(D) reportedly apologies to Thanlon Assembly Constituency MLA Vungzagin Valte in connection with the extortion threat at difficult times.
Report said that the militant group ensuing Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the government of India and Manipur reportedly served extortion note to provide them rice and money when the MLA was busy loading PMKGAY rice which he purchase from his local areas development fund  to   be distributed to the people of Thanlon Assembly constituency which he represented as MLA.  
When people across the planet particularly to the people of his constituency are hit hard by the lockdown to prevent from COVID -19 pandemic, the demands made on him by UG groups caused a severe hitch on his process of preparedness in providing relief to his people.
However, a positive development took placed after the HPC (D) leadership coming to their senses tendered an apology today around 10;30 am at the Churachandpur town  residents of the MLA.  
Report reaching here said that the HPC(D) Secretary Isaac Hmar and the PRO tendered the apology.
The armed group leader assured the MLA that they will  never  commit  such mischievous act that disturbed the people .

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Health Directorate clarifies news report by Imphal Times regarding preparation to fight COVID-19 at Tamenglong district

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Imphal, April 26

Reacting to Imphal Times news report appearing on April 22 issue under the heading “Lack of infrastructure Equipment in District hospital Tamenglong – a serious concern for denizens”, Additional Director of the Directorate of Health Services Manipur clarified that they are well prepared to face challenges arising due to COVID -19 pandemic in Tamenglong District Hospital.

A clarification note released late yesterday said that as many as 8 consignments of COVID-19 prevention item have been issued to District hospital Authority of Tamenglong. So far 51-PPEs, 1020-N95s, 8185-Triple masks, 160- Hand sanitizers,4500-pairs of Hand Gloves, 11-jars of sodium Hypochlorite solution have been issued for the district hospital, the statement added. 

The clarification note added that Tamenglong district has 5 Isolation beds, 2 in the district hospital, and one each in Tousem,Tamei and Oinamlong PHCs.

As there is no ICU bed dedicated for COVID-19 patient at present, no dedicated ventilator has been issued, the clarification note said.

The statement added that Manipur has two ICMR approved Laboratories for COVID-19 testing at JNIMS and RIMS, which is more than many other North-Eastern states . As the District Hospital Tamenglong has no ICMR approved laboratory, no testing kit was given to the Hospital, it added.

The statement however said that a quarantine centre of capacity 20 has been established at JNV school at Duigailong in anticipation of the possible influx after relaxation of lockdown.

The clarification note further said that special activities are taken up by opening 17 surgical outreach camps in collaboration with JNIMS, Imphal.

One Mega Disability screening camp benefiting around 300 people, monthly PMSMA camp benefiting 5132 (total ANC) for detection of High risk pregnant women, free Mega outreach health camp at PHC Tousem benefitting 1478 patients and one free heart screening camp at District Hospital under RBSK has been conducted.

In connection with the clarification Imphal Times once more is drilling to break the ice of what is happening on ground. Imphal Times will publish more story to make sure that people of Tamenglong too remain safe from the attack by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

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Know our health care system and it’s shortcomings

By Marina Seyie
Dieze colony, Chumukedima, Dimapur, Nagaland

The health care system in India is primarily administered by states. Healthcare system comprises of hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism and health insurance. The states are responsible for organizing and delivering health services to their residents. The central government is responsible for international health treaties, medical education, prevention of food adulteration, quality control in drug manufacturing, national disease control and family planning programs.  India's Constitution tasks each state with providing health care for its people. Healthcare is the right of every individual but lack of quality infrastructure, dearth of qualified medical functionaries and non-access to basic medicines and medical facilities thwarts its reach to 60% of population in India. India’s GDP for health is less than 1.5 per cent and is one of the lowest in the world. India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of both, quality and accessibility of healthcare. The Government of India is planning to increase public health spending to three percent of the country's GDP by 2025. We consider 70% of India lives in rural areas, average number of doctors per thousands in India becomes 1:9,200. Presently, 31.7% villages still don't have primary healthcare centres in India. While about 70 percent of India's population lives in rural areas, only 20 percent of hospital beds are located in rural areas. Many primary healthcare clinics in rural areas are devoid of electronic systems to maintain patient records. Lack of quality infrastructure, shortage of qualified medical practitioners and non-access to basic medicines and medical facilities thwart its reach to more than 60 % of population in India. A paradigm shift from provision of essential to quality health care at the primary care level is on the anvil. Subcenters are being transformed into Health and Wellness centers (H&WC) which is expected to improve utilization of public-sector primary care services and improve the health of communities served. There is general reluctance among the health workers to be located in the interior rural areas and when appointed in these areas, they choose to remain absent for longer duration from their duties. It is also well known that many doctors are not willing to work in the rural areas due to lack of facilities, even if they are paid high salaries.

Private administration playing a substantial role in Indian health sector, According to National Family Health Survey, the private health sector remains the primary source of health care for 70% households in urban areas and 63% households in rural areas. Due to rapid urbanization of cities post liberalization and globalization, about 75% of the infrastructure and resources investments were allocated in urban areas. India has a mixed health care system inclusive of public and private health care service providers. However, most of the private health care providers are concentrated in urban India, providing secondary and tertiary health care services. India has roughly 20 health workers per 10,000 population, with allopathic doctors comprising 31% of the workforce, nurses and midwives 30%, pharmacists 11%, AYUSH practitioners 9%, and others 19%. The ultimate goal of the central government should be to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC). For this, government need to cut down the out of pocket expenditure of hospitals as well as of outpatient departments (OPD).  Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission as a centrally Sponsored Scheme contributed by both center and state government at a ratio of 60:40 for all States, 90:10 for hilly North Eastern States improving coverage of immunisation in the country. The Ayushman Bharat scheme has allocated 12 billion in the Union Budget in 2018 for upgradation of subcenters into H&WCs. These wellness centers will provide comprehensive healthcare for the management of noncommunicable diseases with lifestyle modifications, maternal and child care, adolescent health, nutritional and health education, promotion of menstrual hygiene, and free essential drugs and diagnostic services. Basic dental, ENT and ophthalmology services will also be provided at these centers. The integration of Ayurveda and Yoga will further promote a holistic approach toward the health of the community. All India Institutes presently functional are AIIMS New Delhi, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Raipur, Patna and Rishiksh. Established new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to provide health insurance worth Rs 500,000 (US$ 7,124.54) to over 100 million families every year. All India Institutes of Medical Sciences is owned and controlled by the central government. These are referral hospitals with specialized facilities. 

the private sector is the dominant player in the healthcare sector in India. Almost 75% of healthcare expenditure comes from the pockets of households, and catastrophic healthcare cost is an important cause of impoverishment.There is a renewed governmental focus on hygiene sanitation (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan), housing (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana), clean indoor air by provision of clean fuels (Ujjwala Yojana providing free liquefied petroleum gas connections to below poverty line families), and expansion of immunization service and coverage (Mission Indradhanush Kavach). All these initiatives that influence the health of the poor, vulnerable, and underserved population have achieved excellent success in their respective domains. We all are very well aware that the healthcare infrastructure as well achievements in health of the country is not satisfactory.

 

The healthcare system in India is functioning on the basis of model mentioned below:-

  1. Sub centres - A Sub Centre is designed to serve extremely rural areas with the expenses fully covered by the national government. Mandates require health staff to be at least two workers (male and female) to serve a population of 5000 people (or 3000 in a remote, dangerous location). Sub Centres also work to educate rural people about healthy habits for a more long-term impact.
  2. PHC - Primary Health Centres exist in more developed rural areas of 30,000 or more (20,000 in remote areas) and serve as larger health clinics staffed with doctors and paramedics. Patients can be referred from local sub centres to PHCs for more complex cases. A major difference from Sub Centres is that state governments fund PHCs, not the national government. PHCs also function to improve health education with a larger emphasis on preventative measures.
  3. A Community Health Centre is also funded by state governments and accepts patients referred from Primary Health Centres. It serves 120,000 people in urban areas or 80,000 people in remote areas. Patients from these agencies can be transferred to general hospitals for further treatments. Thus, CHC's are also first referral units, or FRUs, which are required to have obstetric care, new born/childcare, and blood storage capacities at all hours everyday of the week.
  4. District Hospitals are the final referral centres for the primary and secondary levels of the public health system. It is expected that at least one hospital is in each district of India,
  5. Government Medical Colleges are owned and controlled by the respective state governments and also function as referral hospitals.   

 

Challenges for health care system which need to be mitigated are:-

  1. Low quality care is prevalent due to incorrect diagnosis, under trained health professionals and the prescription of incorrect medicines. 
  2. India's public healthcare system pays salaries during absences, leading to excessive personal days being paid for by the government. 
  3. Clinics are overcrowded and understaffed without enough beds to support their patients. 
  4. Primary health centers (PHCs) lack basic infrastructural facilities such as beds, wards, toilets, drinking water facility, clean labor rooms for delivery, and regular electricity.Twenty-seven percentage of doctor posts at PHCs are vacant.
  5. Overcrowding also increases the likelihood of diseases spreading, particularly in urban crowded areas of cities.
  6. Improper sanitation and waste disposal even within clinics, can lead to an increased incidence of infectious diseases.
  7. Public health services have low cost or work at free of cost. Since the government provides these services, they don't charge any extra money to serve the patients.
  8. Governmental failure to initiate and foster effective partnerships between the public and private healthcare spheres results in financial contracts.
  9. Both social and financial inequality results in barriers of access to healthcare services in India. 
  10. Services aren't accessible for the disabled, mentally challenged, and elderly populations.
  11. Mothers are disadvantaged and in many rural areas there is a lack of abortion services and contraception methods.
  12. Public clinics often have a shortage of the appropriate medicines or may supply them at excessively high prices, resulting in large out of pocket costs.
  13. Lack of awareness on facilities provided under various government schemes.
  14. Barriers to access in the financial, organizational, social, and cultural domains can limit the utilization of services.
  15. Escalating prices of essential medicines.

 

Best ways to improve health care system:-

  1. A well functioning healthcare system requires a steady financing mechanism,

a properly trained and adequately paid workforce.

Kerala Govt. provide additional assistance to Manipuri guest workers – AIYF

IT News
Imphal, April 26

Following the report about the hardship being faced by the Manipuri guest workers and their family in Kakkanad area of Kochi in Kerala due to the lockdown for containing COVID -19 pandemic, authority of the Government of Kerala and comrades of AIYF, AISF and NFYW of Kerala had provided additional assistance to them after the All India Youth federation (AIYF) Manipur State Council communicated and urged them to provide essential edible items as relief material.
A statement of the AIYF Manipur State Council, signed by its Secy. Kh. Himalay said that after getting the report about the hardship being faced by the Manipuri Guest workers numbering around 101 at Kakkanad in Kochi, comrades of AIYF and AISF of Kerala immediately rushed and inspected about their hardship. The appreciation of the guest worker regarding payment of room rent has been solved by the concern department of the Kerala Government, Himalay said.
He added that in addition to the meal provided by the community kitchen, government of Kerala through Taluk office Kanayanoor Enarkulam have distributed rice, dal, edible oil, onion and salt etc. to not only the Manipuri guest workers but also to workers from other states staying in the area.
Himalay extended his gratitude to the government of Kerala for showing concern of the Manipuri guest workers for making sure of their salary during lockdown as well as clearance of pending salary on time. He appealed the Manipur government to act like Kerala Government when by providing all facilities to workers of company or firm in the state of Manipur.
While appreciating the government of Manipur for opening the www.tengbang .in, the AIYF said that as guest workers could not avail the facility due to lack of proper education the government should look into the matter when it comes to guest workers.
The statement further said that the comrades of AIYF in Andhra Pradesh, after communicated by the Manipur State Council AIYF had delivered edible items to stranded students in their state. It further appealed Manipuris facing hardship due to the lockdown outside the state to contact at Cell Phone No. 7005060359, 7005858148 or 9856378887 for any help.  

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CRPF conducts awareness prog. on COVID-19

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Imphal, April 26  

109 BN CRPF under the aegis of IGP  Manipur and Nagaland sector conducted a civic action programme today at Pouna village (Senapati). In this programme  safety items like  Surgical Face Masks (Three Ply), Hand sanitizers, Hand Gloves, Hand Wash and Lizol Floor cleaner have been distributed   to Village/Club Presidents of Senapati area for further distributing to marginalized section of Pouna village area . This programme was  conducted  to provide assistance to citizens of Pouna village area  and to spread awareness  about preventive measures against COVID-19.
A brief lecture on Covid-19 has also been delivered where in it is informed that Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Villagers have been advised to wear a protective face masks  and maintain utmost hygiene in their day to day affairs. They should seek medical advice in case they feel unwell by calling a doctor.
Vinod Sawant, Deputy Commandant informed that in view of prevailing emergency in the country due to  COVID-19,  people should  take all preventive measures in view of  complete lock down and follow all instructions issued by the Government as well as local administration. Insp/GD- Abdul Majeed T.S, SI/GD Sensa Ram and Jawans have conducted the programme maintaining social distancing and other precautions of COVID-19 . Sh. C.L.David, (Chairman, Pouna Colony), Sh. M.Athili, (Secretary, Pouna Colony),  Senapati District and all villagers appreciated the efforts of 109 Bn CRPF in providing essential items to the needy/marginalized section of society. 

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CSOs continue to help villagers

IT News
Imphal, April 26

Co-ordinating Body Khurai today handed over bakery products and package drinking water to staffs of Tengnoupal district DC office and to the police personnel of Tengnoupal district police station as a mark of respect to their selfless effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Few members of the Co-ordinating body handed over the item while they were on their way to Kwatha to provide help to the villagers during this ongoing lockdown. Kwatha is famous for the processed Bamboo shoots. And this time the fermented bamboo shoot are likely to be spoiled as they failed to sent it to market due to the ongoing lockdown.
After the villagers contacted, the Co-ordinating Body Khurai today collected almost all the processed bamboo shoots without losing their invested money.

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PREPAK greets people on its ‘Colonialism Resist Day 2020’

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Imphal, April 26

Armed rebel group People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) greets the people in connection with the ‘Indian Colonialism Resist Day 2020’ observance and pay revolutionary salute to the victims of dreaded COVID-19 Pandemic. The outfit also pays revolutionary salute to those who are struggling at hospital due to attack by COVID-19.
The outfit observed the ‘Indian Colonialism Resist Day’ recalling the oppressive ruled by the Indian authority and the atrocities committed by the Indian security forces to the civilian of the region under the shadow of the various black laws, particularly in remembrance to the 1980 incident of Patsoi Langjing Khunou, where Indian Security force CRPF committed inhuman crime to the civilians
The outfit in a statement said that while Indian military forces have been committing genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression in Kangleipak which have been prohibited by the ICC, the Government of India has been misleading the international community by projecting the liberation movement of Kangleipak as an internal law and order problem of India.
The outfit called on the people of Kangleipak to work collectively to fight the Government of India, the State Government and the security forces who are directly involved in committing in all kinds of atrocities to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or criminal tribunal set up by the UNSC.
Mainland Indians have been subjecting people of WESEA to all forms of racial discrimination and harassment. Many young students have been murdered and many more young girls have been sexually assaulted in different parts of mainland India, it remarked. The outfit went on to allege that mainland Indians do not share any empathy with the people of WESEA , what they crave for are the territory and resources of the region India became a State party to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 1968 but it has not yet enacted any law which can effectively deal with racism in the country, it said. Nonetheless, CERD has been monitoring what the signatory countries have/have been doing to curb racism in their respective countries.
The Government of India submitted its report to CERD only in 1996 and 2007. Since then, New Delhi is unable to submit any report, PREPAK said. Subsequent upon the report submitted in 2007, CERD pointed out that AFSPA is a racist law and asked India to repeal it. It then called upon all the people to raise the slogan ‘Go back Indian military forces’ collectively and grasp the opportunity to restore the lost sovereignty of Kangleipak

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KYKL observes 26th Raising Day

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Imphal, April 26

Showing serious concern to the misery cause by the COVID-19 Pandemic across the world armed rebel group Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) observed its 26th Raising Day just for namesake.
A statement of the outfit said, “Sharing the misery caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with people around the world in general, and with the people of Manipur in particular, we celebrated it only in name this year”.
The occasion was celebrated in the headquarters and other units of the organization by hoisting our flag and paying floral tribute to the martyrs, followed by reading out our chairman’s message conveyed to the people of Manipur.
“ I would like to appeal to all people to fight the pandemic, standing as one, regardless of race, colour and religion” , a statement of the outfit said and shares the sorrows of the people caused cause by COVID-19.The outfit further  showed respect to the selfless works of health care workers during such difficult  times.

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Echo of a Pyre

Dr. Aniruddha Babar
Tetso College, Dimapur, Nagaland

 
I wake up in the middle of the night
All drench in sweat with fear
That dream that I was seeing
I realized am living this year
 
World is set on fire
Humanity is burning
God has disappeared beyond the eternity
Eyes are blindly still searching
 
with the sweat on my forehead and restless heart,
burning thoughts killing my brain
I sit on my desk
with an aching soul and agonizing pain
 
The tears of hunger and the blood of thirst,
hatred among people, indifference- the eternal curse
Pandemic or a wrath of God, Rape of life or a murder for a cause
a comic Apocalypse or hollow Redemption amidst the living corpses interspersed
 
As I write at 2 AM, finding way through the insanity of my mind,
contesting with the ghostly shadows of surviving corpses and cold stares of their eyes
Sins and Virtues, Gods and Demons, coldness of hearts, no compassion to feel
O’ Human ! A Paragon of Animals !  you are burning in your own pyre of ignorant sacrifice ..

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