1250 N 95 masks seized in raid, Ccpur consignment replaced

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 17th Apr: Following reports that sub-standard N95 marks were issued to District Hospital, Churachandpur; a team of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Police Station conducted a raid at Central Medical Store, Medical Directorate, Lamphel on Friday and seized around 1250 N95 masks.
According to a statement issued by the SP of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption police station, after conducting a detail verification of the reports, the police station registered an FIR against an official of the Medical Directorate, proprietor of five firms and four unknown persons on Friday and began an investigation.
As part of the investigation, a team conducted raid at Central Medical Store, Medical Directorate, Lamphel on Friday around noon. During the raid, the team recovered 1250 N95 masks including those of sub-standard quality, along with samples collection of some medical protective gears, the statement informed.
Meanwhile, our Churachandpur district correspondent informed that after 200 N-95 masks meant for healthcare workers of Churachandpur district hospital were found mouldy, the state’s health department has replaced the soiled masks on Friday.
According to an official of the district hospital, the N-95 masks meant for healthcare workers of the district were found mouldy on Thursday but state health department replaced the defective masks with new ones on Friday. Confirming the report, a source from the health department said that the masks may have been compromised during manufacture/supply. The masks were made by Venus company and had marking V-44++ as model number and were loosely packed in cartoon boxes made by Prime Wear company.
Another source informed that the under construction district hospital at Mayang Imphal is likely to be converted into treatment centre for Coronavirus patients and a meeting in this regard was held between health department officials and chief minister N Biren Singh Friday. The meeting, however, took no final decision. The source further informed that meeting also attended by principal secretary (health) discussed shortage of medical equipment and medicines at private hospitals and government may assist private hospitals in getting medical supply by air cargo.


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