In view of the sudden upsurge of COVID-19 cases in Manipur in the past couple of days, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh sought opinions of medical experts, bureaucrats and police to effectively tackle the second wave of COVID-19 in a meeting held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Thursday.
Education Minister S. Rajen, Advisor to CM (Health) Dr. S. Ranjan, Additional Chief Secretary M.H. Khan, Principal Secretary (Health), V. Vumlunmang, Commissioner (Education-S) T. Ranjit, Director (Health), Dr. K. Rajo, JNIMS Director Prof. K. Bhimo, Shija Hospitals Managing Director, Dr. Kh. Palin, Babina Group Managing Director Dr. Th. Dhabali, Imphal West DC, N. Praveen, Imphal East Additional DC, Shamim Ahmad Shah, Imphal East SP, H. Jogeshchandra, Imphal West SP, K. Meghachandra and high ranking officers of Directorate of Health Services were present in the meeting.
N. Biren Singh sought technical opinion on key points like manpower and material management, vaccination, nature of lockdown and containment zones, effective enforcement of SoPs, etc.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister assured the officials concerned that there would be no dearth of funds. He then instructed them to acquire required equipment and engage manpower at the earliest. The Chief Minister also asked them to increase COVID beds in hospitals and re-activate COVID Care Centres as soon as possible.
N. Biren Singh also expressed the need to utilise the manpower of Education Department in assisting the officials of Health Department in suitable tasks like making enquiry of home isolation patients.