Two test negative, machines installed at JNIMS

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 11th Apr: Test results of two Covid-19 suspects turned out to be negative. The tests were conducted at VRDL, JNIMS on Saturday. Testing for 19 more samples are in process at the testing lab at RIMS and results are likely to be available by early Sunday, according to the COVID-19 Common Control Room.
As per statement issued by the common control room, two new COVID-19 testing machines namely, one fully automated Nucleic Acid Extraction System (QlAcube) and a Real Time PCR (Rotor Gene Q 5 Plex HRM) have been installed at VRDL, JNIMS.
There were some reports of shortage of Hydroxychloroquine for patients of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Rhumatoid Arthritis (RA) and other conditions. Medical directorate reviewed the situation carefully, and 15,000 tablets have reached the state through a private transporter. These will be issued by their identified retailers on the prescription of registered medical practitioners to the patients. Medical directorate is regularly monitoring availability of essential medicines, the statement further informed.
In another development, an Indian Air force flight landed at Imphal Airport on Saturday with 3.5 tonne of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), N95 masks, hand gloves, hand sanitizers and other necessary items.
In all, 102 people are currently staying in government designated quarantine centres as part of precautionary measures to curb spread of COVID-19 in the state.
According to the latest data released by IDSP state surveillance officer Dr L Tomcha Khuman on Saturday, 255 people were screened at the entry point at Mao gate while 145 people were screened at Jiribam. So far, 60 people with travel history outside the state are being quarantined at home, while 102 people are being quarantined at the government quarantine centres. In all, 233 people have been tested till date, out of which only two samples were found positive.
Meanwhile, Manipur Nursing Council has identified 17 nursing faculties and 106 nursing students from among the final year students to help in different units of medical directorate like surveillance, quarantine and isolation wards following different batches of training.
According to a statement, MNC in coordination with Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) Manipur State Branch have been conducting series of one-day training programme on ‘COVID-19 pandemic, prevention and control’ for nursing faculties and MSc Nursing, BSc Nursing, GNM & ANM final year students from April 3 to 11.
The series of trainings were conducted by master trainers selected from amongst the nursing faculties under the instruction and guidance of health services director Dr K Rajo, MNC vice-president & TNAI Manipur State Branch president N Tangbi, and deputy director (public health) Dr Y Premchandra, the statement informed.


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