Imphal: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases needing hospitalisation in Bishnupur in Manipur, a second COVID-19 care centre with a 100-bed capacity was inaugurated in the district on Friday.

Bishnupur SDO Mamoni Doley and Dr Chongtham Gunita, in the presence of Bishnupur deputy commissioner Krishna Kumar, inaugurated the new centre at Mangolnganbi College in Ningthoukhong.

The newly inaugurated COVID-19 care centre has a capacity of 100 beds and is equipped with 37 oxygen concentrators and 20 D-type oxygen cylinders.

Bishnupur SDO Mamoni Doley (right) inaugurating the new COVID-19 care centre in Bishnupur on Friday

Speaking at the inaugural function, DC Krishna Kumar said that as the capacity of the first COVID-19 care centre located at Laukoipat in Bishnupur cannot accommodate the ever-increasing referrals of COVID-19 patients, it was decided to open the second set-up. The COVID-19 care centre will start functioning from Friday itself, he added.

He further said that the only way to save a life is by vaccination, so the prime focus should be on that and also to increase the vaccination session sites in the district, which is nine at present.

There is also a plan to set up a mobile vaccination team that will reach different corners of the district after giving prior information to the people. “The second focus is on testing. Random testing will be done by selecting hot spot areas, markets, and other congested areas,” he said.

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He also expressed his gratitude to the chief medical officer of Bishnupur and his team for their dedication and other line departments for their relentless effort in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, the district already has a 55-bed COVID-19 care centre at Laukoipat, 20 dedicated beds for COVID-19 patients at District Hospital’s isolation ward and three beds at the High Dependency Unit of the District Hospital.

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