Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has announced that the State Government had started a scheme to take care of the children who have become orphans after losing their parents in the pandemic in the state. The Government would provide education, food, accommodation and other necessities to the children till they attain the age of 18 years, he added. He then appealed to the public to contact through the Childline (Toll Free No. 1098) if anyone comes across any such child.
The Chief Minister also opened CM’s COVID-19 Grievance Cell at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Imphal. The contact numbers for the Grievance Cell are 18003453848 (Toll Free) and 0385-2440079. The cell will be operative immediately.
While speaking on the matter, N. Biren stated that the Grievance Cell is being opened especially for COVID patients undergoing home isolation and added patients could lodge their grievances to the cell if no satisfactory follow up action was taken up by any responsible authority after they spoke to the State COVID-19 Control Room. The State Government had earlier set up a State COVID-19 Control Room for certain requirements of Home Isolation patients including doctor consultation, medicines and pulse oximeters among others. The Grievance Cell would also be manned by doctors, he added.
He urged that concerned doctors and nurses should visit every home isolation patient within their jurisdiction to give necessary medicine and pulse oximeters. Stating home isolation without proper facilities for the same had been a major cause for rapid spread of the virus, he added that home isolation patients would be brought to COVID Care Centre if they don’t have proper isolation facilities in their residences.
Expressing the need to closely monitor home isolation cases in Imphal West and Imphal East, the government had also constituted different teams headed by doctors to ensure prompt delivery of medicine, regular monitoring of home isolation cases and regular home visits among others.
Regarding drug users who are highly vulnerable to both COVID-19 as well as the adverse impact of stringent measures like curfews, he stated that the Government would arrange Detoxification cum Treatment Camp. He further said that COVID-19 test would be conducted for these drug users at the Directorate of Social Welfare on May 24, 2021 from 10:30 onwards. Only those persons with negative test results would be taken to the treatment camp while those with positive results would be referred to COVID Care Centre, he added.
N. Biren Singh also informed the Government had today transferred a sum of Rs. 13,20,33,000 (Rupees ten crore twenty lakh and thirty three thousand only) to 1,28,508 ( Rupees one lakh twenty eight thousand five hundred and eight) beneficiaries of the State including Old Aged Pension Scheme, Widow Pension, Disability Pension and Family Benefit Scheme. Pension money was transferred directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts through Direct Benefit Transfer using Public Financial Management System, he added.
Regarding the black fungus cases arising in other states, he stated that the Health Department had been instructed to remain alert. He urged the people to perform COVID test as soon as any symptom appeared and added that the State has sufficient stock of RAT testing kits. He also appealed to the public to cooperate with the Government in fighting the pandemic as coordinated efforts from both the Government and public could only fight the pandemic successfully.