Chief minister N Biren Singh (L) with one of the leaders of a hill district of Manipur on Wednesday  Credit: Facebook

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday chaired a brainstorming meeting with the leaders of various tribal communities of the state and discussed measures and effective ways in tackling the prevailing COVID-19 cases in Manipur.

This is the first-of-its-kind meeting on the novel coronavirus issue with the leaders of unions and councils based in hill districts.

The key intent of the meeting, according to CM Singh, was to hear the grievances and other issues faced by the people in the hills during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

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Singh also observed that the COVID-19 pandemic can be address with only through proper awareness among the citizens and follow the protocols set by the government. “We may face different difficulties due to pandemic if we are not careful and take up effective measures on time,” Singh warned while highlighting the small population of the state as compared to the other states in the country.

Putting his confident towards the frontline workers in the state, especially the doctors and nurses, Singh said that all infected persons would be cured because the doctors, nurses and paramedical manpower of the state are capable, and they have been working day in and day out with full dedication to accomplish.

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The state would overcome the crisis with the support and cooperation from the state, he added.

At present, Manipur has recorded at least 41 cases of COVID-19 positive with 37 active cases and four discharged from the hospital, including the first two patients detected with the novel coronavirus.

During the discussion, one of the leaders from Churachandpur also suggested that the government could utilise those trained nurses who are yet to get an employment in the state with some renumeration since there is an acute shortage of manpower in the health department.

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The CM also urged the people not to be distracted by rumours but trust only the advisories and guidelines issued by credible agencies like WHO, ICMR, health ministry and ministry of home affairs (MHA), etc.

Those who have completed the 14 days’ mandatory quarantine period at institutional quarantine or tested negative for COVID-19 may return home for home quarantine, he said.

During the meeting, the chief minister also announced that a museum each of all the tribal communities of Manipur would be constructed in their originating villages at the cost of Rs 10 lakh each. Ancient tools, articles, costumes and other articles of the respective communities would be kept in the museum, Singh added.

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Around 60 leaders representing the various apex bodies of the tribal communities attended the meeting.

Moreover, COVID-19 awareness leaflets printed in different tribal dialects were also handed over to the leaders.

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