Imphal: A Covid intensive care unit (ICU) / accident trauma care centre having a capacity of 100 beds equipped with advanced medical facilities was inaugurated at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal on Saturday.
Chief Minister N. Biren said the newly inaugurated ICU block would be of great relief to the JNIMS and the people of the state as the supply of oxygen to Covid-19 infected patients had been a major concern.
Setting up such ICU beds with ventilators and other sophisticated equipment would be a huge input to the efforts of doctors and nurses in providing treatment and saving the lives of the people from the pandemic, he added.
Stating that every frontline worker had been rendering their best possible services in many forms such as transportation of oxygen cylinders and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures, he appealed to the doctors and nurses to put their best efforts to save the lives of people.
He informed that the government had assigned different teams consisting of three officers each to four major Covid hospitals – RIMS, JNIMS, Shija Hospital and Research Institute, and Raj Medicity to strengthen coordination between the hospitals’ authorities, patients and the government. Stating that saving peoples’ lives is the priority, he further informed that the government would take stringent action against those hospitals or staff if they were found to intentionally neglect in attending their patients thereby putting their lives at risk.
Construction of a 200 bedded dedicated Covid hospital with 50 ICU beds is also in progress at Kyamgei with the assistance of DRDO and the same would be ready for operation within a month, Biren said.
He said the central government had also given sanctions for setting up an oxygen plant capable of refilling 200 cylinders in the state and also assured that the state will have an adequate supply of oxygen once these plants become operational.
The state had now adequate facilities for accommodating Covid-19 patients with its five to six dedicated Covid hospitals, more than 2000 beds at different Covid Care centres and other facilities set up at every Assembly Constituencies.
He urged the doctors, nurses and other staff of JNIMS to work in proper coordination and understanding with one another and asked them to come up to the government and concerned authority if they have any grievances. He assured that the government would always be ready to sort out their grievances.
He appealed to the public to be responsible and adhere to the SoPs issued by the government from time to time as support and cooperation of each and every individual is much necessary for fighting the pandemic successfully.