First oxygen plant in hill district now adorns Churachandpur CM inaugurates 100-bedded Covid hospital at Keirao in Imphal East

Bolstering State’s COVID-19 fight, Chief Minister N Biren Singh opened a 100-bedded dedicated Covid Hospital at Integrated Ayush Hospital at Keirao in Imphal East and inaugurated a PSA Oxygen Plant, the first of its kind in the hill districts, at Churachandpur today.

He also reviewed the present COVID-19 situation of Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts at Churachandpur district headquarters.

CAF and PD Minister Th Satyabrata, Manipur Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker K Robindro, State Planning Board Deputy Chairman L Rameshwor, Advisor to CM (Health) Dr S Ranjan and Principal Secretary (Health) V Vumlunmang also attended the hospital inauguration as dignitaries.

On the occasion, N Biren Singh said that the capacity of the hospital would be upgraded to 200 beds if required.

Expressing serious concern over certain people not following SOPs, the Chief Minister said that it can be a reason for the increase in positive cases.

Stating that the State Government had significantly improved the health infrastructure and oxygen production capacity in the past few weeks, the Chief Minister informed that the Health Directorate now has around 1800 oxygen cylinders and 1000 oxygen concentrators.

In addition to the existing oxygen generating units, a cryogenic oxygen plant having a production capacity of around 1300 cylinders per day would be inaugurated soon at JNIMS, the Chief Minister said.

As home isolation treatment without having the required amenities like separate rooms and toilets can also be one of the main reasons for the fast spread of the virus, the State Government is actively considering limiting this mode of treatment, the Chief Minister added.

Stating that mass testing is a must at this juncture, N Biren Singh said that 50,000 RAT testing kits had been provided to all the districts recently.

In addition to this, 1 lakh more kits had been ordered to intensify testing, he added.

The Chief Minister stated that the State Government is planning to add 100 ICU beds more to the existing figure.

After the function, the Chief Minister travelled to Churachandpur district headquarters by road where he inaugurated the Mini-secretariat building of the district.

Later, he went to the district hospital complex and inaugurated the first oxygen plant of hill districts there.

The plant has the capacity of producing 200 litres per minute (LPM).

He also inspected the ongoing construction of the temporary administrative block of Churachandpur Medical College.

Later, he reviewed the present COVID-19 situation of Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts in the presence of TA and Hills Minister Vungzagin Valte, Advisor to CM (Health) Dr S Ranjan, MLAs TN Haokip, V Hangkhanlian, Ginsuanhau, DGP LM Khaute, ADGP C Doungel, Principal Secretary (Health) V Vumlunmang, Secretary to CM N Geoffrey, DCs, SPs, CMOs, other officials and CSO representatives.

At the review meeting, N Biren Singh said that Churachandpur has now become the first hill district of the State which has an oxygen-generating unit.

Moreover, it would also soon become the first hill district, which has a medical college, he added.

N Biren Singh further said that construction of the temporary administrative block of the college is going on in full swing, and necessary procedures for early commencement of the first session would begin once the building is completed.

The Chief Minister said that he visited the district to convey to the people of Churachandpur that they need not worry as the State Government would do whatever is possible to save them from the pandemic.

He observed that COVID-19 is not that dreaded like other critical ailments and can be prevented if people properly follow the SOPs.

Covid can be cured easily in 14 days if it is detected early and treated on time.

As such, people should never hesitate in getting tested immediately if they experience symptoms, he observed.

N Biren Singh also asked the DCs, SPs and officials concerned to strictly check whether the home isolation patients are lodged in separate rooms having separate toilets.

He also said that the district administration had also been authorized to engage the required manpower in consultation with local MLAs.

The Chief Minister further said that every hill district would be provided three ambulances each with funds from TA and Hills.

N Biren Singh donated Rs 5 lakh to Only Grace Home and provided three oxygen concentrators to Chief Medical Officer of Churachandpur and two oxygen concentrators to the CMO of Pherzawl.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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