Health minister L Jayantakumar Singh  Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Manipur government is taking steps to bring back people from the state stranded in various parts of the country due to COVID-19 lockdown. As a first step, four buses have already been dispatched from Imphal to bring back 84 people stuck at Manipur Bhawan in Guwahati, Assam.

The first batch will arrive in Imphal on Friday, informed health minister L Jayantakumar Singh while interacting with media persons on Thursday.

The passengers will be strictly screened and their temperature examined at Mao Gate before entering Imphal as precautionary measure to keep check on the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

As informed by the health minister, all the passengers will remain at the quarantine center in Imphal for a day for further examination. After the, the persons will be put under quarantine for 14 days as a mandatory action either at home or at the institutional quarantine centres depending upon the decision made by the health experts.

The minister had also urged the people not to create any social stigma against those persons returning back home since they have not been classified as infected by the virus.

Highlighting the facilities available at different district hospitals, including RIMS and JNIMS, the health minister also assured people that the state is well prepared in handling the COVID-19 related issues.

However, Jayantakumar maintained that despite the two patients who got infected with COVID-19 being discharged from hospitals, it doesn’t meant that the state is totally free from the disease and, therefore, people need to be more careful in the coming days.

The minister also said that the state government has sought help from Union ministry of civil aviation and ministry of home affairs to give permission for chartered flights to ferry back people stranded in metro cities to the home state.

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