Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Saturday said that Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) will no longer admit new cases of COVID-19 as it would be kept as a general hospital.
From now onwards, those tested with COVID-19 would be treated at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), COVID Care Centre at UNACCO School in Meitram and some district hospitals, Singh said.
Along with health officials, Singh was on a inspection at the newly functional 100-bedded COVID Care Centre at Maitram in Imphal West.
At present, around 48 patients are being treated in the new COVID Care Centre and the government is considering to increase the capacity from 100 to 300 beds, officials said.
The centre will treat those patients with mild and asymptomatic cases.
As per an official statement, sufficient manpower has been deputed at the centre for proper care and treatment of patients. Recovery rate of patients in the state is also increasing.
Speaking to media persons, CM Singh also pointed out that lack of discipline among inmates and violation of safety guidelines are the main reasons for the rise of COVID-19 cases in Manipur.
Stating that those mischievous inmates would be put behind bars, Singh said that eight inmates had already been jailed so far.
On Friday, six inmates at S Kulla Women College quarantine centre at Nambol in Bishnupur were arrested by police and sent to jail for creating ruckus and vandalising the area.
Singh further said that it was encouraging that MLAs, CSOs and many student bodies have been actively involving in imparting awareness to the inmates of quarantine centres so that they may understand the gravity of to situation and realise the importance of maintaining safety guidelines.
At present, Manipur has recorded the a total of 385 confirmed cases, including 312 active cases.
A total of 74 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals.