Manipur Covid-19: Central team arrived, discusses Covid status

Imphal, July 04 2021: The central team consisting of Additional DDG and EMR director, Dr L Swasticharan and AIIMS Bhopal General Medicine Assistant Professor Dr Sagar Khadanga, which has been despatched by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to assess the Covid-19 status in the state arrived here on Sunday.

Immediately upon their arrival, the two-member team interacted with officials of the state’s Health Department at the conference hall of Old Secretariat and discussed the Covid-19 situation.

During the meeting held as part of a 3-day long visit to the state, matters relating to integrated Covid Control Centre, strengthening of data analysis unit; modes of testing; media plan and briefing; formulation of guidelines for those undergoing home isolation; fund management; strengthening of district hospitals with necessary facilities; co-ordination among DHS, JNIMS, RIMS and District/private hospitals; ongoing vaccination drive since January 16; modes of treatments of NCDs and other related cases; handling of emergency cases in health facilities; ways of NTEP and NPCDCS-related services; increasing pediatric facilities; number of Covid clinics in the state, their functioning and specialties; post-Covid sequence data analysis and others were discussed, alongside the steps taken up by the Health Department to curb the pandemic.

The Central team will be focusing on specified testing; contract tracing integrated with surveillance and containment operation; COVID Appropriate Behavior; number of beds in hospitals; logistics including ambulance services; case facility analysis of hospitals and progress of Covid-19 vaccination.

It will then suggest remedial actions after proper assessment of the aforementioned matters.

Chaired by principal secretary (Health) Vumlunmang Vualnam, the meeting was attended by Commissioners, Health Services director, SHS director, FW director, directors of RIMS and JNIMS, Senior Regional director (Health), additional director (Health) and other officials.

The central team will be visiting RIMS, JNIMS and some Covid Care Centres on Monday.