Imphal, March 21
A day after visiting Khwairamband Keithel area, Paona Keithel and Thangal Keithel area to sensitize the public on the impact of pandemic Coronavirus across the globe, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today paid a surprise visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS)to check the preparedness being taken up for fighting the pandemic COVID-19
Even as no positive case has been found in the state of Manipur, the Chief Minister expressed satisfaction to the way that both the authorities of the hospitals have been preparing to fight the disease if it reaches Manipur. At both JNIMS and RIMS the chief Minister inquired about the requirement of preparing to face the pandemic. JNIMS at present has prepared to open 30 bedded isolation wards while RIMS is all set to open 40 bedded isolation wards in addition to the existing one. The shortage of Ventilators was min concern for both the hospitals.
Talking to the Chief Minister RIMS Director Shanta brief the Chief Minister regarding the measures being taken up by the hospital and incidentally, the Chief Minister was informed that he reached the institution only some few minutes after the Director RIMS, MS and other head of department had concluded a meeting for tackling the pandemic COVID -19.
“I am happy that the RIMS authority is taking this issue with extreme seriousness”, Chief Minister said talking to media persons.
Regarding shortage of ventilators, RIMS director Shanta said that some months back RIMS had order 76 ventilators and it still is not dispatching. As of now, there are 20 stock available at some of the pharmaceutical companies as informed by the RIMS authority and Chief Minister without delay told the authority to procured the 20 ventilators without delay.
“Let’s buy those 20 ventilators as soon as possible and keep 10 at JNIMS and the remaining 10 at RIMS”, Biren said.
He added that even though the state still has not found any positive case it is the need of the hour to prepare whatever we can.
Regarding those who entered the state either through air route or land route, the Chief Minister said that they will be kept under quarantined at the respective route that they entered.
“We have set up quarantined facilities at Airport road for those coming by air and at Mao for those coming to that side and also at Jiribam and Moreh”.