Manipur government has beefed up security in airport and the border areas to check spread of Coronavirus, a top official said on March 7.
Director of Medical and Health Services, K Rajo, said that a mock drill was conducted on March 6 by taking a person from the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal to RIMS. He said the government was happy with the transportation and admission of the case to the RIMS Hospital for management. Everybody was kept in the dark about the mock drill on Friday.
He said it was a mock drill to test the level of preparedness the teams vis-à-vis Covid-19.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh had monitored the situation and appealed to the people not to panic over Coronavirus and undertake basic self preventive measures such as washing hands regularly, using of mask, avoid mass gatherings, cover mouth while coughing and sneezing etc.
Biometric attendance is temporarily suspended for one month in government offices, he added.
The chief minister said that till now, a total of 1,21,629 persons have been screened at Imphal International Airport and various surface points of entry viz. Moreh, Behiang, Sinzawl, Tusom, Kamjong, Mao gate, Jiribam etc.
So far 12 samples were sent for laboratory testing. Out of which, 10 samples were negative and report for another two is still awaited, he informed. Another sample will also be sent on March 7.
Around 352 persons have been kept under surveillance. The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has set up an isolation ward consisting of 8 beds with 4 ventilators ready for treatment of any suspected case. In JNIMS too, an isolation ward consisting of 6 beds with 1 ventilator is ready for treatment.
The chief minister said that a control room has started functioning 24×7 with toll free number 0385-2411668. Dedicated ambulance has also been kept for transportation of suspected cases.