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Manipur maybe deleted from the list of COVID-19 map; Credit goes to Chief Minister and his team

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Imphal, April 8

One more good news of the state of Manipur amidst Coronavirus pandemic across the globe is that the 23 years old girl from Singhat in Churachandpur district, who returned from China through Mandalay and reached Manipur of April 6 has been tested negative of Coronavirus. She will be quarantined for 14 days even though found negative, said a source from RIMS. 

With the first COVID-19 positive girl reported negative, the state now have only one positive case. The person who is presently undergoing treatment at RIMS is also reported to have been improved and health care service authority has confirmed that there was no community transmission of virus as of now following the test report of his family members.

It is likely that the state of Manipur is likely to remove from the list of the Coronavirus affected state, a source close to Imphal Times said but added that precautionary measures that have been taken up by Government of Manipur should be credited and should continue until a vaccine to kill the virus has been discovered.   

On the other hand when people of the state are worried about the scarcity of ventilators and PPEs (Personal Protective Equipments), the state government of Manipur under serious supervision of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has been linking up all government and none government stakeholders to make sure that the state is not listed among the COVID-19 affected state. Except that he failed to fulfill the promises of distributing 4 kg of rice to each and every member of the state at free of cost from the April share of NFSA rice, almost all preparation for treatment if in case the number of COVID-19 case rises is worth appreciating. Besides, being a poor state with limited resource Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has taken up measures to face the challenges of COVID -19 invasions.

There were criticisms of government hospital for not able to procure adequate numbers of life-saving ventilators, even though some private-run hospitals have some which was more than the government-run hospitals.

What is more interesting is that Union Health Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh has tweeted that 10 new ventilators has been installed at RIMS. The tweet was re-tweeted by the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh. He thanks the Director of RIMS and other officials for their tireless effort and said that – “ready to overcome COVID-19”.

Source from RIMS said that there are a total of 36 ventilators including 3 Neonatal ventilators. More ventilators are also on the way, the source added.

“Even though those ventilators will be given priority to COVID-19 patients, it will be used for other serious patients in needs of ventilators as the number of COVID -19 patient is just one”, Director Shanta of RIMS told to this reporter when asked whether the ventilators are meant for COVID -10 patients only.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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