High-level multi-disciplinary public health central team reached Manipur today to monitor the surging cases of COVID-19 in the State. The two-member team is led by Dr. L Swasticharan, Add. DDG & Director EMR. Team members arrived in separate flights at Bir Tikendrajit International Airpor today. One arrived in the morning at around 11 and the other at around 1.45 this afternoon. As soon as they reached, they attended a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang at the Old Secretariat complex.
The team is expected to gather a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced in curbing COVID-19 cases in Manipur and strengthen the state's ongoing activities by removing bottlenecks. They will also monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, surveillance and containment operations; Covid appropriate behaviour and its enforcement; availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen and COVID-19 vaccination progress. They will suggest remedial actions after monitoring situation for the state.
It maybe mentioned that apart from Manipur, Centre has also delegated two-member team each to five other states reporting surge in COVID-19 cases. The states are Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Union Health Ministry has stated that these teams will assist in COVID-19 control and containment measures in these states.