Health minister seeks Rs. 100 cr emergency fund
IMPHAL, 22nd May: Citing sudden upsurge of COVID-19 positive cases in the state, Health Minister L Jayantakumar has urged the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to grant Rs 100 Crore as COVID emergency fund for Manipur so as to contain and control the dreaded disease effectively.
In a letter sent on Friday, minister Jayantakumar congratulated Dr Harsh Vardhan on his appointment as chairman of the executive board of World Health Organisation (WHO).
He pointed out that during this time of COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Harsh Vardhan holds a great responsibility of guiding not only India’s health care but also in the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Informing that Manipur was initially declared as green zone as the first two patients fully recovered, Jayantakumar noted that the situation for the state has turned serious after 23 new positive cases were reported within a short span of 72 hours.
He continued that 11,844 stranded people, out of about 40,000 who wished to return back to Manipur, have reached the state both by train and bus.
Highlighting that the state is facing not only a financial crisis but also in testing capacity coupled with shortage of PPEs and overall infrastructure due to the large number of returnees, Jayantakumar reiterated appeal to the Union Health Minister to take note for the need of proactive health care and urgent capacity building measures to contain COVID-19 in the state by granting Rs 100 crore as COVID Emergency fund for Manipur.