Imphal: As a part of the government’s initiative towards developing infrastructure in the health sector, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday handed over 10 basic life support (BLS) ambulances to six autonomous district councils (ADC) of the state.

The distribution programme was held at the western gate of the chief minister’s secretariat.

Two ambulances each were provided to the ADCs for the districts of Churachandpur, Chandel, Kangpokpi and Ukhrul, while one ambulance each was provided to the ADCs of Tamenglong and Senapati districts.

The ambulances were received by the chief executive officers of the respective ADCs.

Manipur CM N Biren Singh (left) formally handing over the ambulances

Taking to his Facebook page, the chief minister said that the goal is to serve the people with devotion and distance ourselves from the business of petty politics and seeking relevance.

“As part of our effort to revamp healthcare system which was left in shambles by the previous Govt., I’m happy to distribute 10 ambulances to six ADCs namely Churachandpur, Chandel, Kangpokpi, Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong,” he added.

The ambulances were procured with funding from the department of tribal affairs and hills amid the fight against COVID-19. The department had earlier placed an order for 18 ambulances consisting of 12 basic life support (BLS) and six advanced life support (ALS) ambulances.

Of the 18 ambulances ordered, 10 BLS ambulances, which were distributed on Wednesday, had reached Imphal in the first phase while another two BLS ambulances, one each for Tamenglong and Senapati ADCs, and six ALS ambulances, one each for all the six ADCs, are expected to arrive by June 25 in the second phase.

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The ambulances were distributed to strengthen the infrastructure of the health sector at the district level as well as block-level under the initiative of the ADCs. The ambulances shall be jointly utilised and maintained by the ADC and the district hospital Concerned.

Tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte, MANIREDA chairman Ginsuanhau, Manipur State Planning Board deputy chairman L Rameshwor, additional chief secretary Letkhogin Haokip and other government officials also attended the programme.

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