The four buses being sent off in Imphal for Guwahati on Wednesday

Imphal: The Manipur government on Wednesday dispatched at least four buses from Imphal to bring back residents stranded in Guwahati in neighbouring Assam due to COVID-19 lockdown.

According to additional health director Dr K Susheekumar Mangang, 84 persons, who are stranded at Manipur Bhawan in Guwahati, are returning to the state on May 1 by those buses from Assam.

This first batch of people being brought in to the state includes students, patients and working professionals, among others, who were stuck while en route to Manipur when the lockdown was announced. Since then, they have been lodging at Manipur Bhawan in Guwahati.

While seeing off the four buses, the principal secretary (transport) handed over a personal hygiene kit to the drivers, including 500 bottles of hand sanitisers and another 500 face masks, for use at Manipur Bhawan in Guwahati.

Meanwhile, Manipur Police are also collaborating with their counterparts in Assam and Nagaland for smooth passage of the stranded passengers.

State health officials will receive the passengers at Mao entry gate soon after they step in to the state for screening in order to avoid any spread of COVID-19. The symptomatic individuals will be referred to RIMS and JNIMS Hospitals, the two hospitals assigned to treat coronavirus patients in the state.

Non-symptomatic persons will be taken to the government quarantine centres for testing as precautionary measure to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

Those with negative results will be asked to quarantine at their respective places by adopting proper guidelines..

At present, as many as 30,000 people from Manipur are stranded in various cities across India. The state government has already started working to bring them back home. One of the initiatives is chief minister’s tengbang website where stranded people from the state are being asked to fill in the necessary information in order to identify their locations for further action.

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