Imphal: An 80-bedded dedicated Covid hospital for children below 15 years would be opened soon, chief minister N. Biren Singh said as he inaugurated a Cryogenic Liquid Medical Oxygen plant at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal East on Friday.
It is a matter of concern that positive cases among children are also on a steady rise, Biren said.
The oxygen plant has a storage capacity of 10 kilolitre.
The government was not sure in the beginning that an oxygen plant of such capacity could be installed within such a short period. However, with joint efforts and collective hard work of all concerned, it has become a reality now and it is like a dream come true at this critical juncture, Biren said.
Another Cryogenic LMO plant of 20 kilolitre capacity would be installed in Imphal at the earliest.
He said the PSA oxygen plant in Churachandpur is now operational and a similar plant would also be inaugurated in Thoubal as well within a couple of days. Many of the hill districts would also have their own oxygen plants soon, he added.
The state now has around 4000 oxygen cylinders and over 1000 oxygen concentrators. Another ICU block having 70 beds with ventilators is also coming up at JNIMS complex soon. With all these measures patients requiring oxygen would be quite manageable, the chief minister said.
Central government has been providing prompt assistance whenever needed. The state should be thankful to the central leaders for it. Stating that adherence to SoP is the only means to defeat the pandemic, he also urged the people to pray for the wellbeing of doctors, nurses, para-medical staff, police and all other frontline warriors.
Biren also inaugurated a Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra where people can buy over 600 types of high quality generic medicines and 154 surgical products at affordable rates.