Manipur chief minister’s constituency, Heingang assembly constituency in Imphal, became the first to form village level task forces to combat COVID-19 second wave that severely hit the state.
On May 18 last, the state Home department issued an order to constitute the village/ward level task forces while acknowledging the importance of increased participation by the people and representatives of the civil society organisations and NGOs in the fight against the pandemic. In line with the order, village level task forces were formally formed in Heingang assembly constituency of Imphal East district during a meeting held at Luwangshangbam on Saturday.
SDO of Porompat sub-division, OC of Heingang police station, officials of the Health department, elected pradhans and members of gram panchayats and representatives of local youth clubs were among others who participated in the meeting.
After the task forces were constituted, SDO Porompat, Pooja Elangbam stressed the need for participation by all sections of the society in breaking the chain of spread of the coronavirus. She said that the village level task forces will assist the authorities of the state health department in tracing contacts of a COVID-19 positive person in their respective locality or village apart from guiding the positive person in his or her medical treatment. The task forces will also address the grievances of the people within the containment zones in their respective area of operation, she added.
After the formation of the task forces, the members of the committee including Heingang Assembly constituency Covid Task Force also inspected the community isolation centre of the Assembly constituency opened at Liberal College, Luwangshangbam.