Imphal, July 3:
Perhaps the toughest month in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic in the state of Manipur is the month of June this year. As per a report, a total of 19,039 people were tested positive with Covid-19 when tested a total of 1,92,237 persons. This means around 9.9% has been tested positive with the Covid-19 if calculated from the total number of people tested during June Month. Total death occurred during the month of June is also recorded as 343 as per government report.
The report though is alarming, the government had started taking an intense drive to curb the virus since June last week. The number of positive cases somehow reduced during the last month and the government has taken up intensive measures to hike up the vaccination programme in the last week of June. Vaccination, as of now is the only leftover means to protect the people and to resume neo-normalcy.
According to experts, co-morbidity is the main cause of the Covid-19 positive cases, as persons without many diseases associated were discharged after they recovered.
During the last 4 days, the vaccination drive has also been spike up reaching the number to around 15000 per day on average. The number however needs to be increased in view of the population of the state which is around 30 lakhs (28,55,794 as per 2011 census report). As of July 2 (yesterday), the total number of people who got complete dose (2nd dose) was 85275 only and the number of people who got the first dose was 6,20,414. The total doses administered as on July 2 was 7,05693.
A total of just around 26% doses has been administered and among this just around 2.4% of the total population had got the complete dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Authority of the State Health Department had stated during a local TV show that vaccination drive to prevent covid-19 if could not be completed within a short time and if it takes 2 years then it will not be able to serve its purpose.
In view of the emerging trend, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has deputed a two-member multi-disciplinary team to Manipur lead by Dr. L. Swasticharan to assist the state government in curbing the spike of the covid-19 pandemic. A similar team was also sent to 5 other states. Interestingly, the team comprises of a public health expert, which the Manipur Government had never included in any of the committee set up for containment of the virus.