Ukhrul: Residents of the Ukhrul district in Manipur handed over five oxygen concentrator machines worth Rs 5.7 lakh and other essential items to the district health department to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tangkhul community raised Rs 9.96 lakh through crowdfunding on social media towards the noble mission amid a surge in positive cases in the hill district.

“We still have around Rs 1.25 lakh with us, and we hope to procure other medical items like oxygen masks and distilled water with the remaining amount,” Tennoson Pheiray, a local, told EastMojo.

Of the five oxygen concentrator machines, two are 10 litres per minute capacity, and three are five litres per minute capacity. 

Besides the oxygen concentrators, locals also procured a 10 KVA diesel power generator worth Rs 2.95 lakh to be utilised at the district COVID-19 care centre at the transit quarters. Ukhrul residents also donated 11 bags of local rice for the patients at the COVID-19 care centre.

Local rice for the Covid centres

Ukhrul district hospital medical superintendent Dr Reisang Raikhan said, “We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the Tangkhuls and all the well-wishers from all corners of the world for generously donating us the oxygen concentrator machines. We are also thankful to all individuals who have taken up this goodwill initiative in making all the necessary arrangements in getting equipment and machines at our doorstep.”

On Tuesday, Ukhrul reported five more positive cases of COVID-19, taking the total confirmed cases in the district to 317.

Altogether, 113 persons remain as active cases. Nine people have died due to COVID-19 complications since the second wave triggered in Manipur.

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