Imphal: Manipur health minister Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar on Saturday informed that the state government will soon introduce mobile testing kits to address the inconveniences regarding testing of COVID-19 in the state and increase the testing capacity beyond the current limit.
Jayantakumar informed that the testing kit will be implemented in the state at the earliest with an aim to reduce the time and work consumption in procuring the samples from various centres across the state, especially those who are in need of COVID-19 tests in hill districts.
The health minister was on a day-long visit to various quarantine centres where he oversaw the management of the centres being set up in Senapati district.
He also visited the Kangpokpi district hospital along with social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen and discussed grievances being faced in the office.
Pointing out the medical equipment and shortage of manpower, especially healthcare workers in the state to tackle COVID-19, Jayantakumar also informed that the state cabinet has already approved to recruit at least 300 more doctors without further delay.
He further stated that the impending recruitment of 106 staff nurses under National Health Mission (NHM) due to the pandemic outbreak will be finalised soon, adding that this will at least address the shortage of staff nurses at various government hospitals in the state.
Meanwhile, Manipur has tremendously scaled up the testing capacity from around 300 to 1,000 samples per day on an average. However, owing to returnees outnumbering the testing capacity as of now, the state is unable to fulfil the testing of all the incoming passengers, he said.
As on June 5, as many as 14,629 samples were tested, of which 143 persons were detected with COVID-19.
The total number of recovered patients has increased to 52, with 91 active cases of COVID-19 remaining in the state.
“The novel coronavirus has its peculiarity of changing its strand and it requires us to obey the norms given by WHO, ICMR and health experts,” said Jayantakumar.
The minister also urged the people in the state to maintain hygiene and abide by the standard operating procedures (SoPs) issued by the government from time to time to curb the pandemic.
Jayantakumar was accompanied by TA&Hills minister N Kayisii, PHED minister L Dikho, Senapati DC Lalithambigai Kalidas and district officials, among others.