Manipur CM N Biren Singh during the opening of the COVID care facility

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on June 5 inaugurated a COVID Care Centre at Canchipur in Imphal West district.

The centre has a capacity of around 60 beds and is the first in Manipur to have earmarked half of its capacity for children below 15 years of age.

The care 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 staffs.

Chief minister Biren Singh expressed his thankfulness to the owner of the Iland Hospital for letting the government use the hospital premise as COVID Care Centre without taking any consideration in return.

He stated that at the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic, the state had faced shortage of certain facilities like oxygen supply, ventilators and ICU beds, among others.

However, with the prompt action taken up by all concerned officials round the clock, the state now has adequate facilities for treatment of COVID-19 positive patients and to curb its spread.

CM Singh further informed that the state had now acquired adequate stocks of oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators and added that the number of ICU beds had also been considerably increased from merely around 40 earlier to 200 now.

He further stated that 70 new ICU beds with ventilators had been set up in JNIMS and would be ready to use in a couple of days. Another 30 ICU beds would be added soon to make it 100, he added.

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