Imphal, June 05 2021: Chief Minister N Biren Singh today inaugurated Iland Covid Care Centre, where 30 beds have been set aside exclusively for children.
The Iland Coivd Care Centre is located at Canchipur, Langthabal Kunja and has a total capacity of around 60 beds.
This is the first Centre in Manipur to have earmarked half of its capacity for children below 15 years of age.
The centre is equipped with oxygen concentrators for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients who need oxygen supply and will be manned by 15 doctors, 21 nurses and other staff.
While addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the owner of Iland Hospital for letting the Government use the hospital premise as a Covid Care Centre.
He stated that at the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, the State had faced shortage of certain facilities like oxygen supply, ventilators and ICU beds among others.
However, with the prompt action taken up by all the officials concerned round the clock, the State now has adequate facilities for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients.
Biren further informed that the State has now acquired adequate stocks of oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators and added that the number of ICU beds has also been considerably increased from around 40 to 200 .
He further stated that 70 new ICU beds with ventilators have been set up in JNIMS and would be ready for use in a couple of days.
Another 30 ICU beds would be added soon to make it 100, he added.
The Chief Minister also assured that the Government is in the process to increase the number of ICU beds to 10 in every district.
He stated that a Liquid Medical Oxygen Cryogenic Storage Tank of 20 KL would also be installed at Porompat within this month and with this, the State will not have any dearth in oxygen supply.
The Chief Minister advised the people of the State not to panic because of the pandemic as it can be cured within 14 days by medication if detected early and appealed all to be careful and disciplined by adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Government.
He also urged the public not to circulate any misleading information on social media regarding matters related to the pandemic and added that the Government would take stringent action for playing with human life in this crucial time.
The Chief Minister also planted a tree sapling at the Iland hospital campus in connection with World Environment Day 2021.He appealed to everyone in the State to plant at least one tree on this day and to stand against large scale deforestation.
Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board L Rameshwor; Advisor to Chief Minister (Health) Dr Sapam Ranjan; Principal Secretary V Vumlunmang; Secretary to Chief Minister N Geoffrey; Secretary Chiphang Arthur Worchuiyo and other Government officials attended the programme among others.
Later, from Iland Hospital, the Chief Ministerial team headed to Manipur University and took stock of the arrangement being made for setting up a Covid Care Centre at the newly constructed men’s hostel of the university.
It is reported that the centre will have a capacity of 150 beds each in two blocks.
Biren also planted a tree sapling inside the university campus.