Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday inaugurated the much-awaited Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) oxygen plant in Churachandpur district amid an increasing demand for oxygen among COVID-19 patients. This is the first such oxygen plant in any of the hill districts of the state.

The newly inaugurated PSA oxygen plant has a refilling capacity of 45-50 D-type oxygen cylinders per day, informed CM Biren Singh.

Taking to his Facebook page, Singh said: “As promised six days ago that we will operationalise this plant within a week, I am happy to inaugurate the PSA oxygen plant with a filling 45-50 D-type oxygen cylinders per day at Churachandpur today.”

The newly-inaugurated PSA oxygen plant in Manipur’s Churachandpur district

A similar PSA oxygen plant is under construction in Thoubal district owing to the urgent requirement for oxygen amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Manipur.

Singh also thanked the cabinet ministers, MLAs and the officials for their effort to operationalise the plant within a short period of time.

Singh also held a review meeting with all stakeholders, including medical officials and leaders of CSOs, on the management of COVID-19 pandemic in Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts.

Tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte, advisor to CM (health) Dr Sapam Ranjan, MLA Ginsuanhau Zou, MLA V Hangkhanlian, MLA TN Haokip, DGP LM Khaute, ADGP C Doungel, Principal Secretary (Health) V Vumlunmang, other officials and CSO representatives attended the review meeting.

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The chief minister said that he visited the district to convey to the people of Churachandpur that they need not worry as the state government would do whatever possible to save them from the pandemic. He observed that COVID-19 is not that dreaded like other critical ailments. It can be prevented if people follow the SOPs, he said, adding that it can be cured easily in 14 days if it is detected early and treated on time. As such, people should never hesitate in getting tested immediately if they experience symptoms, he observed.

Singh also asked the DCs, SPs and officials concerned to strictly check home isolation patients whether they are lodged in separate rooms with separate toilets. He also said that the district administration had also been authorised to engage the required manpower in consultation with local MLAs. The chief minister further said that every hill district would be provided three ambulances each with funds from TA and Hills.

During his visit, Singh donated Rs 5 lakh to Only Grace Home and provided three oxygen concentrators to CMO Churachandpur and two oxygen concentrators to CMO Pherzawl.

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