Adequate stock of oxygen available; production to start soon: Manipur CM

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on April 24 said that there is no reason to worry about medical oxygen supply in the state.

Speaking at a function to hand over 15 basic life support ambulances to different CMOs in Imphal, Singh said that Manipur has adequate supply of oxygen.

The ambulances were donated by National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) to the Manipur government.

He said that the state currently has 1098 D-Type cylinders, 242 oxygen concentrator machines and 90 ventilators. In addition to the existing three oxygen generating units, the government had given permission for oxygen production to Shija Hospitals as well, he added.

Stating that there is enough stock of Remdesivir medicine as well, the Manipur chief minister further said that another 1000 vials would arrive on April 25.

The chief minister further informed that JNIMS currently has 100 COVID beds while RIMS has 52 beds. In addition to this, he said, all the district hospitals and different private hospitals also have dedicated COVID beds.

Maintaining that self-discipline is the only means to get rid of the pandemic, N Biren Singh also made his earnest appeal to the people of the state to have the sense of responsibility and strictly follow COVID appropriate behaviours considering the severity of the pandemic in its second wave.

The Chief Minister appreciated Union Road Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari and NHIDCL for providing 15 ambulances at this difficult time of COVID-19 pandemic. He said that one ambulance each would be handed over to Kakching CHC, Ukhrul District Hospital, Thanlon PHC and Haochong PHC while the remaining would be kept at the Directorate of Health Services headquarters for the time being for further handing over to different districts in case of exigency.

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