Wearing masks mandatory, RRT formed
IMPHAL, 10th Apr: In line with the advice of experts and studies conducted by researchers across the world, the state government has made wearing masks in public compulsory for all.
Special secretary (home) H Gyan Prakash in an order issued Friday stated that many experts have opined that use of masks to cover one's nose and mouth not only helps in preventing spread of infection from a COVID-19 infected person to others but also protects a healthy person from being infected by the virus.
“Therefore, all people who come out in public space will have to wear a mask covering the person's nose and mouth in public interest,” the order stated while adding that it will come into force from Saturday onwards and shall remain in force until further orders.
Mention may be made that several state governments have declared wearing masks compulsory for all in public places. Odisha government on Thursday decided to impose a fine of Rs 200 for first-time offenders for not wearing masks. Rajasthan has also made it mandatory in urban areas as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the state.
Meanwhile, to strengthen DHS, Directorate of Health Services, Manipur has formed a Rapid Response Team (RRT) with Dr L Arke Singh, additional director (PH), as chairman and Dr Bharati Meitram, state epidemiologist (IDSP); H Shyamkishor Sharma, state microbiologist (IDSP); Prof Ksh Birendra Singh (prof medicine RIMS); Prof Brogen Singh Akoijam, HOD community medicine (RIMS); Dr P Sarat Singh, associate prof (JNIMS) and Dr N Kameshore Singh, associate prof paediatrics (JNIMS) as members.
The state health services department has also directed RIMS and JNIMS to form a team each headed by a faculty member from the community medicine department to support and help supervise district RRTs.