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Manipur's COVID hospital at Kiyamgei set for inauguration on December 10

The state's COVID-19 testing lab functioning at Modern College in Imphal East will be relocated soon, the Manipur Health department said.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 28 Nov 2021, 9:28 pm

Kiyamgei Covid-dedicated Hospital, Imphal East, Manipur(Photo: IFP)

Kiyamgei Covid-dedicated Hospital, Imphal East, Manipur(Photo: IFP)

Manipur's 200 bedded Covid-dedicated hospital constructed at Kiyamgei in Imphal East will be inaugurated on December 10, and the Covid testing laboratory set up at Modern College in Imphal East will be relocated soon, state Health director Dr K Rajo said on Saturday.

Due to the installation of the state's Covid testing laboratory inside the college campus, the college is yet to start physical classes though the admission process has been completed.

"Request has been made to JNIMS for providing a space for the relocation of the laboratory. We are very sure that they will be providing a space very soon," said Dr Rajo.

Dr Rajo was replying to a query raised by media regarding the halting of academic session of the college owing to the functioning of the Covid testing lab inside the college campus. "We will surely find a alternative space for the relocation of the lab. For the time being, the lab will be functional where it is now," he said.

Regarding the Covid situation of Manipur, Dr Rajo said the department still continue its preventive routine such as contact tracing, testing, vaccination drives and treatment.

He said the 200 bedded Covid dedicated hospital constructed at Kiyamgei is ready for inauguration on December 10, ICUs has been established in district hospitals and some specific community health centers (CHC) and Covid care centres at Bal Bhawan, RD Wing and Lamboikhonangkhong still remain operational.

Moreover, 27 oxygen plants had been set up in different districts of the state, two liquid medical oxygen plants had been established and another one is in progress, he added. 

Regarding the outbreak of new Covid variant in some South African countries, he said that preventive measures has been taken up in full swing by conducting Covid screening process at Airport, Mao and Jiribam for unvaccinated people (including those not taken the second dose).

"We are ready to face any wave. Public need not to feel apprehensive. However there is the need to adhere to Covid appropriate behaviour during election campaign and festivals or any gatherings," said Dr Rajo. 

Get the second jab of the Covid vaccine which is the best preventive measures, the director said appealing to the eligible public to get fully vaccinated.

When asked about the low number of vaccination rate in Manipur, state mission director of NHM Dr Shyamjai replied, "vaccination is purely volunteer process. We cannot force someone to get vaccinated."

The director also gave an update information on the Dengue outbreak in Manipur during the press briefing held at the office of Health directorate in Imphal West.

Dr Rajo said during this present dengue outbreak, the state had detected a total of 154 dengue cases of which 91 cases were detected from Moreh, Tengnoupal district.

Fortunately, the state had only eight active dengue cases (two from Imphal East, one each from Bishnupur and Thoubal and four from Moreh). The dengue cases reported in the state are all "mild" cases and its recovery period is fast, he said. 

A medical team led by state malaria office and district malaria officer had rushed to Moreh to take a survey on the prevailing situation of dengue outbreak. He asserted that all preventive measures such as fogging has been taken up from the government side.

Also Read: Omicron Variant: Why we need to be worried

 

First published:27 Nov 2021, 3:00 pm

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