Kamjong: In a time like this, a mass awareness programme on tackling the novel situation and approaches on safety measures on COVID-19 is a welcome gesture amid the fear and confusions.
Keeping in mind the prevailing COVID-19 situation in Manipur, a one-day awareness programme on COVID-19 was organised at the Kamjong district headquarters, jointly organised by the Tangkhul Coordination Forum for COVID-19 (TCFC) and All Tangkhul Medico’s Association (ATMA). This is the second edition of an awareness programme on COVID-19 being hosted by TCFC and ATMA in the state. Earlier, it was held in Ukhrul.
The awareness programme, which was attended by elders of various villages and volunteers, highlighted on how to handle the situation and to perceive the right attitude without feeling any guilt or stigma on the virus.
Such awareness on the pandemic is required since people have misconceptions and fear, especially to those returnees from other states and often labelled them as virus carrier, said one of the village elders.
While interacting with the locals, ATMA president Dr Soreingam Kasomhung said that COVID-19 infection can be avoided if a person sincerely follows the SoPs and guidelines endorsed by the government and WHO as well as by maintaining personal hygiene.
Dusting off the fear among the public on COVID-19, ATMA president also said that there is no community spreading in the state so far and most cases being detected are mild and asymptomatic cases.
We don’t have moderate to severe cases for COVID-19 in Manipur, he added.
Citing an example of how a COVID-19 recovered girl from the district was unable to find a vehicle to transport her home in Kamjong from Imphal after she was discharged from the hospital, Dr Kasomhung stated that such unfortunate incident happened due to lack of knowledge by the people as on how to tackle the situation.
Dr Wormi Sharon, a member of ATMA, added that in this difficult times, one should not cultivate their time unnecessarily on spreading rumour and insert fear psychosis among the public on COVID-19.
Let us extend our support and encourage the frontline workers and avoid stigmatisation to those people who tested positive and taking treatment for COVID-19, Dr Sharon said.
Dr Kanmi Ningshen also explained on the importance of wearing the PPEs and said that each PPEs are a one-time use only and one can use the safety kits when a person is exposed to the virus or person infected with COVID-19.
A demonstration on the right way to wear the PPEs and dispose off the kits after used were also showcased during the event.
Under the initiative of TCFC, a committee which was constituted amid the rise of COVID-19 cases comprises of leaders from civil society organisations based in Ukhrul and Kamjong districts, in addition to 14 days’ institutional quarantine, another 14 days at community quarantine centres was laid for all returnees in the districts to control and avoid further spread of the virus.
As per reports, now this model has been adopted by other districts in the state and showed effectiveness on tackling the situation.
There has been many instances in the state where a person or returnee is tested positive after completed 14 days’ period at institutional quarantine center and this has help us, including the frontline workers to trace down the patients, said Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) president Hopingson Shimray.
The programme was also attended Kamjong chief medical officer Dr Sirawon Hungyo, district SDO among others.