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.