Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday held a review meeting at Ukhrul district headquarters to take stock of the overall management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Ukhrul and Kamjong districts.

During his visit, CM Biren Singh integrated with doctors, other healthcare workers and CSOs leaders and discussed various measures and steps to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Singh also assured them that the state government would take utmost care of the frontline workers and ensure adequate oxygen supply in the two hill districts.

Singh further informed that to accommodate COVID-19 patients from Ukhrul and Kamjong districts, the TK Wood Tourist Resort in Ukhrul would be converted into a COVID-19 isolation hospital equipped with 75 beds and 10 ventilators. The Ukhrul facility will become functional from May 29, he added.

During the review meeting, CM Biren Singh also assured that the state would establish an oxygen plant in each district with a refilling capacity of 200 D-type cylinders to meet the ever-increasing demand of the oxygen supply of the patients.

Highlighting the importance of reaching out to COVID-19 patients, Singh further urged the doctors and other healthcare workers to start house-to-house visit and inspect the condition of those in home isolation.

“We have started in Imphal West and Imphal East districts by visiting those in home isolation. If those patients find it inconvenient at home for home isolation, we need to send them to either a community isolation centre or COVID-19 care centre,” said Singh.

Taking to his Facebook page, Singh said, “Delighted to see them in good spirit even while facing the hardships of the pandemic. This is one of the characteristics of the people of Ukhrul that I always admire.”

While visiting the patients at the COVID-19 care centre at the Transit quarter in the district and personally monitor the management, Singh also urged the patients not to get panic. “Do not worry, this virus can cure within 14 days. It is not a cancerous disease. Please take proper medication and isolation,” he urged them.

The chief minister also expressed his gratitude to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers at the Center for their relentless service to the people.

“We are very proud of you all. You are the real warrior. We have to save a life. It is a God-given opportunity for us to serve the people. We should be courageous and sincerely serve the people. May God bless you all,” he said.

Advisor to the CM (health) Dr Sapam Ranjan, Hill Areas Committee (HAC) chairman Leishiyo Keishing, MLA Khashim Vashum, MLA Alfred Kanngam Arthur, Ukhrul DC Joseph Pauline Kamson and other health officials accompanied the chief minister during his visit to Ukhrul district.

Later, the chief minister will also hold a review meeting in Senapati and Tamenglong districts and oversee the overall management and measures being taken up for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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