Imphal: In an effort to scale up medical infrastructure in the state amid COVID-19, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday inaugurated the newly set-up COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU)/accident trauma centre at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal.

The ICU has a capacity of 100 beds equipped with advanced medical facilities that would cater to COVID-19 patients who need intensive care.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Singh said that the newly inaugurated ICU block would be of great relief to JNIMS and the people of the state as the supply of oxygen to COVID-19 patients had been a major concern.

“Setting up of such ICU beds with ventilators and other sophisticated equipment would be a huge input to the efforts of doctors and nurses in providing treatment and saving the lives of the people from the pandemic,” said Singh.

Manipur CM N Biren Singh inaugurating the COVID-19 ICU at JNIMS, Imphal on Saturday

Stating that every frontline worker had been rendering their best possible services in many forms such as transportation of oxygen cylinders and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), he appealed the doctors and nurses to put their best effort to save the lives of people.

The chief minister further said that the government had assigned different teams consisting of three officers each to four major COVID-19 hospitals — RIMS, JNIMS, Shija Hospital & Research Institute and Raj Medicity — to strengthen coordination between the hospital authorities, patients and the government. Stating that saving peoples’ lives is the priority, he further said that the government would take stringent action against those hospitals or staff found to intentionally neglect in attending their patients and putting their lives at risk.

Singh also maintained that the government had been putting in best efforts to flatten the curve of the pandemic by setting up dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, COVID-19 care centres and oxygen plants, among others, at different places. Construction of a 200-bed dedicated COVID-19 hospital with 50 ICU beds is also in progress at Kyamgei with the assistance of DRDO and same would be ready for operation within a month, he added.

Manipur CM N Biren Singh checking out the newly set-up COVID-19 ICU at JNIMS, Imphal on Saturday

Maintaining that construction work for the setting up of oxygen plants in certain hill districts is in progress, he said that the Central government had also given sanction for setting up of an oxygen plant capable of refilling 200 cylinders in the state and also assured that the state will have an adequate supply of oxygen once these plants become operational.

He added that the state had now adequate facilities for accommodating COVID-19 patients with its five to six dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, more than 2,000 beds at different COVID-19 care centres and other facilities set up at every Assembly constituencies.

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Singh urged the doctors, nurses and other staff of JNIMS to work in proper coordination and understanding with one another and asked them to come up to the government and the authority concerned, if they have any grievances. He assured that the government would always be ready to sort out their grievances.

The CM appealed the public to be responsible and adhere to the SOPs issued by the government from time to time as support and cooperation of each and every individual is much necessary for fighting the pandemic successfully.

Agriculture minister Oinam Lukhoi, MP, Rajya Sabha Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba, advisor to CM (health) Dr Sapam Ranjan, Chairman, Loktak Development Authority L Susindro, Principal Secretary V Vumlunmang, secretary to CM N Geoffery and officials of JNIMS also attended the inaugural function, among others.

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