Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday inspected the COVID-19 care centre at Indoor Hall of Bal Bhawan in Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal for reopening it as part of the state’s preparedness to tackle the second wave of coronavirus pandemic.

According to Singh, the COVID-19 care centre, which started functioning in October last year and closed down in December, will be exclusively for women patients. The centre has a capacity of 250 beds, he added.

However, another centre for male patients will be developed at the Youth Hostel at Khuman Lampak, he added.

Singh also visited the medical oxygen plants at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and Jawaharlal Nehru of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) to take stock of the situation.

The oxygen plant at RIMS, according to Singh, has already started functioning and has been supplying essential medical oxygen to wards and the COVID-19 unit in the hospital.

The PSA oxygen manufacturing plant being constructed at JNIMS with a capacity to produce oxygen for 50 D-type cylinders per day with pipeline supply to the hospital wards will start functioning from April 28, he added.

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Taking to his official Twitter handle, the chief minister said: “We are prepared for any eventuality arising from COVID-19 2nd wave in the state.”

“There is an adequate stock of medical oxygen in the state, however, the public’s cooperation following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by authorities is required to extinguish the virus,” he added.

Singh also urged the citizens to help the government’s efforts to cross this sea of challenges.

Although the number of COVID-19 positive cases is increasing daily, most of the people in the state are still not serious about the situation of the pandemic and don’t strictly follow the SOPs issued by the government, he added.

The chief minister was accompanied by advisor to CM (health) Dr Sapam Ranjan, additional chief secretary MH Khan, principal secretary V Vumlunmang and officials of the health department.



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