Imphal: With the aim of early detection and medication to flatten the COVID-19 curve, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday flagged off an ‘aggressive mass COVID-19 testing’ drive in Imphal West from the health directorate, Lamphelpat in Imphal.
The mass testing drive is being organised by the Imphal West district administration. Different teams consisting of medical staff will proceed to various locations around the district to conduct the mass testing drive.
Addressing the gathering, the chief minister said he felt proud of the spirit and courage showed by frontline workers including doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff while rendering their endless services to save the lives of people during the pandemic.
Singh added that as the Indian Army sacrifices their lives in protecting the sovereignty of the motherland in many instances, health workers play an important role in saving people’s lives in this pandemic.
Stating that the government had been putting in every possible effort to fight COVID-19, the CM maintained that mass testing and vaccination drive was being taken up to prevent the state from moving towards any uncontrollable situation.
Maintaining that saving precious lives of people is a priority in this hour, he appealed the public to cooperate with the mass testing drive so that early medication could follow.
He stated that positive cases would rise for some days with the beginning of mass testing. However, it would come down gradually, he said.
He further said that he had advised the all the MLAs to set up community isolation centres at their respective assembly constituencies for accommodating COVID-19 patients which are likely to increase with the mass testing drive.
Imphal West deputy commissioner Th Kirankumar said that the district administration had come up with the mass testing drive under the direction of the chief minister to curb the spread of the pandemic.
He further said that under the drive, around 3,500 to 5000 testing will be done every day for the next 15 days to identify positive cases and take necessary measures. He added that such a step would help in bringing down the number of positive cases in the following days.
Kirankumar thanked the state’s health department, Manipur University, Canchipur, Heritage Convent, Uripok, local clubs and others for their support and cooperation in such an initiative.
The flag-off ceremony was attended by advisor to CM (health) Dr Sapam Ranjan, principal secretary V Vumlunmang, officials of Imphal West district administration and medical directorate, among others.
The mass COVID-19 testing drive will be done at Kumari High School, Hiyangthang; Mutum Phibou UPS, Mutum Phibou; Manipur University; Langthabal Khoupum Community Hall; Ibudhou Pakhangba Community Hall, Konthoujam Makha Leikai; Thangtek Yangoi Ningthou Community Hall; Moidangpok Awang Community Hall; Awang Leikai Community Hall, Patsoi Part-II; Patsoi Part-III community Hall; Hindi Sec. School, Kanglatongbi; Heirangoithong Community Hall and Khomdram Selungba Community Hall, Thangmeiband apart from those testing centres at T.G. Hr. Secondary School and Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.