Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has appealed to the public to cooperate with the mass Covid-19 testing drive so that early medication to flatten the Covid-19 curve would follow.
Biren made the plea on the note that saving precious lives of people as priority in this hour, as he flagged off “Aggressive Mass Covid-19 Testing drive in Imphal West” at the Health Directorate, Lamphelpat, here.
Different teams consisting of medical staff will proceed to different locations around Imphal West to conduct the mass testing drive.
The mass testing drive was organised by the District Administration, Imphal West.
It will be conducted at Kumari High School, Hiyangthang; Mutum Phibou UPS, Mutum Phibou; Manipur University; Langthabal Khoupum Community Hall; Ibudhou Pakhangba Community Hall, Konthoujam Makha Leikai; Thangtek Yangoi Ningthou Community Hall; Moidangpok Awang Community Hall; Awang Leikai Community Hall, Patsoi Part-II; Patsoi Part-III community Hall; Hindi Sec. School, Kanglatongbi; Heirangoithong Community Hall and Khomdram Selungba Community Hall, Thangmeiband apart from those testing centres at T.G. Hr. Secondary School and Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.
Biren said he feel proud of the spirit and courage shown by frontline workers including doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff in rendering their endless services to save the lives of people.
Soldiers sacrifice their lives in protecting the sovereignty of the Motherland in many instances. Health workers do take an important role in saving the people’s lives in this crucial hour of the pandemic, he added.
The mass testing and mass vaccination drive was taken up to prevent the state from moving towards any uncontrollable situation, he said.
Positive cases would rise for some days with the beginning of mass testing, however it would come down gradually, he said.
The chief minister said he had advised the MLAs of all 60 Assembly Constituencies to set up Community Isolation centres at their respective Assembly Constituencies for accommodating Covid-19 positive patients which are likely to increase with the mass testing drive.
Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West, Th. Kirankumar said around 3,500 to 5000 testing will be done every day for the next 15 days to identify positive cases and take necessary measures.
He expressed his thankfulness to the state health department, Manipur University, Canchipur, Heritage Convent, Uripok, local clubs and others for their support and cooperation in such initiative.