Imphal: Manipur minister for education, labour and employment, Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam, who is also district in-charge Thoubal and Kakching, on Wednesday held a meeting to assess the groundwork status and the preparedness for management of COVID-19 pandemic in the districts.
The meeting held at the conference hall, DC office, Thoubal was attended by MLA K. Meghachandra, MLA P. Brojen, district nodal officer, T. Ranjit Singh, deputy commissioner N. Bandana Devi, superintendent of police Dr. S. Ibomcha Singh, chief medical officers Dr. N. Jayantakumar Singh and other officials.
The minister appreciated the dedication and efforts of the team of district administration. He sought for feasible suggestions and opinions to contain the rise in the cases in a better way and emphasised on the need to create mass awareness through all means to create awareness on COVID-19. He also suggested in engaging local religious leaders/local popular leaders to give a message on social distancing, wearing face masks in public and personal hygiene among others to effectively create awareness among the local public.
The ministerial team visited Slopeland Public School, Khongjom to assess suitability for establishment of 200-300 bedded COVID Care Centre for better management of the pandemic in Thoubal district.
Radheshyam said that it is very unfortunate that there have been newspaper reports regarding restrictions of the movement of people and patients of Thoubal district, and discriminating them because of the rise in the number of positive cases in the district.
He said a letter has been written to the minister of health highlighting the unfortunate incident. He said that such incidents should not be repeated not only to the people of Thoubal district, but also to the people from other parts of the state.
Radheshyam appealed to the people to support and encourage the frontline workers, especially the health workers who are working hard to safeguard the people and to not dishearten them for carrying out their duty at this unprecedented time.
Suggestions for the use of readily available disinfectants like bleaching powder or phenyl at containment zones in order to meet the requirement of the hour were expressed to the minister.
He also visited Kakching district and held a meeting with the deputy commissioner Valentina Arambam, superintendent of police Victoria Yengkhom, chief medical officer Dr. T. Manihar Singh, and officials concerned.
The DC and the law enforcing agencies also expressed their opinions concerning the management and preparedness in the districts as base on the situation and requirements.