Imphal, May 7 (DIPR)
Amid the sudden sharp spike in COVID-19 positive cases, Chief Minister N Biren Singh reviewed the present situation in a virtual interaction with DCs, SPs, CMOs of different districts and doctors of RIMS, JNIMS and COVID Care Centres today.
Meanwhile, the State today received 60 oxygen concentrators from the UNICEF through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The oxygen concentrators were airlifted from Delhi to Imphal by an Indian Air Force aircraft AN32.
Speaking at the video conference, the Chief Minister expressed serious concern over the sudden rise in the number of casualties and positive cases in the past couple of days. He urged the district administrations and the doctors to strengthen measures to save lives and put in best efforts to flatten the COVID curve.
For this, the Chief Minister stated that all the DCs are authorized to declare curfew in their respective jurisdictions. They are also permitted to hire required vehicles and engage necessary manpower on daily wage basis. An order to this effect would also be issued by the State Government soon, he added.
N Biren further said that as announced earlier, the Govt would prioritize those medical personnel who have completed 100 days of COVID-19 duties for Government recruitments. Moreover, dedicated personnel in hospitals and Covid Care Centres would be awarded special incentives as well, he added.
The Chief Minister also directed all concerned to do whatever possible to reduce people’s inconvenience in hospitalization and getting treatment. He also asked the doctors to attend to patients to their satisfaction in the Covid wards in regular intervals.
PHE Minister L Dikho, Forest and Environment Minister Awangbow New-mai, Hill Areas Committee Chairman K Leishiyo, Advisor to CM (Health) Dr S Ranjan, DGP LM Khaute, Additional Chief Secretary MH Khan and other officials were also present at the video conference.