Minister assures to bring back stranded state natives
IMPHAL, 30th Apr: Health & family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Singh has said that the government is making all necessary arrangements to bring Manipuri people who have been stranded outside by sending letters to the governments of the state concerned for easing some restrictions for such people and to PMO for allowing their travel back home.
Addressing a press conference held at his Babupara residence on Thursday, minister L Jayantakumar informed that as a first step, the state government had sent four buses to Assam to bring 84 people who are stranded at Manipur Bhawan, Guwahati. They will return to Imphal in early morning of May 1.
The passengers will be strictly screened and examined at Mao Gate as an initial step, after which they will be sent to Imphal Valley School quarantine centre for further examination where they have to stay for a day. After their stay at this quarantine centre, they will be put under quarantine for 14 days as a mandatory action. The persons will either be quarantined at home or at the institutional quarantine centres depending upon the decisions made by the health experts and if anyone is found to be infected they will be kept in isolation ward of JNIMS and RIMS, the minister said.
He further stated that the government is seeking the help of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Home for giving permission for operation of chartered flights to bring back Manipuri people stranded in different parts of the country.
There is also some discussion amongst the public that state government will sponsor the flight tickets of the stranded persons for coming home, which is not true. The government is only facilitating their return to state during the lockdown, and the ticket price will have to be arranged by the stranded persons, he clarified.
Jayantakumar explained that for those stranded in Guwahati, buses have been arranged as it is nearer to the state. However, there are still 400 people belonging to state in different parts of Assam.
Minister Jayantakumar said that the Government, especially Health Department has been putting its best effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Manipur Government is also keeping in touch with the Ministry of Health for suggestions and help in containing the pandemic, he said.
The minister recalled that there were two positive cases for Covid-19 in the state but the patients have been discharged after testing negative. This doesn’t mean that we are totally free from the disease and we need to be more careful in the coming days.
He also maintained that local people should not stigmatised anyone returning back home since they have not been classified as infected by the virus.