Need to maintain extra vigil at border areas: CM

IMPHAL, 21st Apr: The state needs to maintain extra vigil in its border areas to check possible intrusion of infected persons as even a slight negligence may lead to an unmanageable situation, chief minister N Biren Singh has asserted.
Speaking during distribution of medical kits provided by Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency MP Lorho S Pfoze under his Local Area Development Fund to the chief medical officers of different districts of the state at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Tuesday, CM Biren noted that the state must never take it easy with the notion that it has zero positive case at present.
“It must be taken as just a beginning of a long battle against the deadly Coronavirus which requires a systematic approach to come out victorious,” N Biren said.
He also said that the government would never tolerate and condone if anybody is found supplying sub-standard protective equipment and other medical items to the frontline workers of this battle because their safety is the prime concern of the government.
Noting that Mao, Behiang and border areas of Kamjong and Tengnoupal districts are very vulnerable, the chief minister said that he has directed DGP L M Khaute to take particular care in these areas and reinforce police force in Churachandpur district to increase the number of check posts there. He also said that the cabinet had discussed opening of grocery kiosks in selected border areas to stop crossing of border by people to purchase essential items.
N Biren thanked MP Lorho S Pfoze for distributing essential medical items to different districts with the funds from his LADF. Expressing gratitude to the people for their unstinted support and cooperation in the fight against Covid-19, the chief minister informed that the CM’s Covid-19 Relief Fund had received over Rs 18 crore as donation so far.
MP Lorho S Pfoze said that 13 out of total 19 districts of the state partially or fully come under the Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency. As such, he decided to provide Covid-19 preventive medical items to all the districts. So far, the epidemic is well tackled by the state government under the abled leadership of the chief minister, he noted.
In all, 85 thermal scanners, 930 PPEs, 510 N95 masks, 26,000 three-layer masks, 25,500 gloves, 85 oximeters, 8500 surgical caps and 85 sanitizers were distributed to the CMOs of different districts. One BiPAP Ventilator each was also handed over to the CMOs of Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, Tengnoupal and Jiribam and the medical officer of Mao PHC.
The programme was also attended by health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, PHE minister L Dikho, MLAs Awangbow Newmai and Th Satyabrata along with Tamenglong ADC chairman Namsinrei Panmei.

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