Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday inaugurated a dedicated 100-bed COVID-19 Block at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal.
The newly-inaugurated block is in addition to the existing two other COVID-19 Block having 145 beds, it said.
Taking to his Twitter handle, CM Biren Singh tweeted “Inaugurated a 100-bedded Dedicated COVID Block and took stock of the situation and preparedness to stem the COVID-19 infections, at JNIMS Complex, in Imphal East district today.”
Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren urged people who are in the medical profession to work with more dedication in curbing COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
“As soldiers fight in wars to protect the sovereignty of the country, doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and others in the medical profession should lead from the front in tackling the virus because they are the people, who are capable of this task,” said the chief minister.
Stating that the government and the people do understand that medical professionals are working tirelessly in fighting the pandemic, the chief minister assured that their grievances and demands would be definitely looked into. However, it is the time only to concentrate on tackling the virus forgetting all the issues because the whole world is facing a situation similar to wartime, he opined.
He further stated that every human life is precious, and nobody should die due to negligence.
So far, the state has a total of 2,759 COVID-19 beds, and the present recovery rate from the coronavirus is 87.81 per cent.
In JNIMS Hospital alone, 92,485 VRDL tests have been conducted so far. The hospital has admitted 1,212 COVID-19 patients, out of which 968 have been discharged.
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