Manipur: CM Biren chairs COVID-19 meeting

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh chaired a meeting held to discuss on COVID-19 treatment, casualties, and other related matters at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Imphal on Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by Advisor to Chief Minister (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) V. Vumlunmang, Director Health Services Dr. K. Rajo, Director RIMS Prof. A. Santa, Director JNIMS Prof. Th. Bhimo, Regional Director of Health & FW, Government of India Dr. Ashananda, Managing Director, Shija Hospital and Research Institute Pvt. Ltd Dr. Palin Khundongbam, Managing Director, Raj Medicity Haobijam Rajen, Medical Superintendents of RIMS and JNIMS, doctors other Government officials among others.

During the meeting, issues regarding the increase in the COVID mortality rate in the State, needs for increase in the number of COVID beds in hospitals and Covid Care Centres, ignorance on the part of the public for early detection and treatment among others were discussed. Suggestions for addressing various issues were also sought from the members present in the meeting.

The meeting resolved to take up some new measures in order to deal with the COVID related issues. Among the measures to be taken up are – a Committee formed on COVID related death would monitor the death of Covid and Covid associated patients in hospitals and Covid Care Centres. COVID-19 patients with co-morbid conditions would be given antiviral drugs. Oximeters would be distributed to all Local Covid Committees for checking oxygen levels of persons with symptoms for early detection and reporting to the control room for necessary action. Besides, it was also resolved that basic COVID-19 treatment would be covered under Chief Minister gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT). 

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