Imphal. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated Covid care centre where 30 beds have been set aside exclusively for children. The Covid care Centre is located at Chanchipur, Langthabal kunj and has a total capacity of around 60 beds.
This is the first centre in Manipur to have earmarked half of its capacity for children below 15 years of age. The centre is equipped with oxygen concentrators for treatment of Covid-19 positive patients who need oxygen supply and will be manned by 15 doctors, 21 nurses and other staff.
CM further informed that the State has now acquired adequate stocks of oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators and added that the number of ICU beds has also been considerably increased from around 40 to 200.
He further stated that 70 new ICU beds with ventilators have been set up in JNIMS and would be ready for use of in a couple of days. Another 30 ICU beds would be added soon to make it 100. Chief Minister also assured that the Govt. is in the process to increase the number of ICU beds to 10 in every district.
He stated that a Liquid Medical Oxygen Cryogenic Storage Tank of 20 kl would also be installed within this month and with this, the State will not have any dirth in oxygen supply.
He advised the people of the state not to panic because of the pandemic as it can be cured within 14 days by medication if detected early and appealed all to be careful and disciplined by adhering to the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Government.
He also urged the public not to circulate any misleading information on social media regarding matters related to the pandemic and added that the Govt would take stringent action for playing with the human life in this crucial time.
Chief Minister also planted a tree sapling at the hospital complex in connection with World Environment Day 2021. He appealed to everyone in the State to plant at least one tree on this day and to stand against large scale deforestation.
Later from Island Hospital, the Chief Ministerial team headed to Manipur University and took stock of the arrangement being made for setting up a Covid Care Centre at a newly constructed men’s hostel of the university. It is reported that the centre will have a capacity of 150 beds each in two blocks.