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Door-to-door Random Covid testing from July 10, Strict Night Curfews, No family members to assist COVID patients at CCCs and Hospitals, Government to provide meals to COVID-19  patients

With the continuous spike of COVID Positivity rate as high as above 19 per cent on July 8, Manipur Government has come up with some new measures to curb the pandemic after a thorough discussion with the relevant health experts. Health officials will visit every household and conduct random COVID-19 testing of at least one family member from tomorrow onwards. If any family member was found to be infected then all the remaining family members will also be tested for COVID-19. Manipur Government is also enforcing night curfews strictly with certain relaxations during day time.
Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren made the announcement during an inspection of the two-day-mass covid vaccination camp for women vendors of the three Ima Markets and one temporary market which began today. District Administration, Imphal West and Chief Medical Officer, Imphal West organised the camp at the ground floor of the Ima Market No-3. It maybe mentioned that Government has recently announced that only vaccinated vendors or vendors who are regularly tested negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to sit in the said markets when markets reopen. The Chief Minister informed that no family members or attendants will be allowed to support or assist those patients who are undergoing treatment at Covid Care Centres and hospitals, adding that government will provide meals for the patients.
Advisor to CM (Health) Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, DC Imphal West Th. Kirankumar, Director (MAHUD)  Th. Harikumar, Chief Medical Officer, Imphal West, officials of Health department accompanied the Chief Minister during the inspection. Later, Chief Minister Biren also inspected the mass vaccination drive at Ibemcha High School, Khabam and Mongjam Community Hall, Imphal East.

There is an urgent need to intensify covid vaccination drive in the far flung areas of Manipur. Many villagers in remote areas are still reluctant to get Covid-19 vaccine jab due to fear created by rumours about the vaccine. Roads in these villages are also in a bad shape hindering vaccination drive.

Villagers in the remote hill districts of Manipur are oblivious to the impending threat of Covid-19 pandemic. They are at the risk of getting COVID-19 if anyone with the infection happened to visit these villages. Timely COVID vaccination is a must and the only sure means to prevent such unwanted consequences.

Many villagers are reluctant to get jabbed with COVID-19 vaccine due to rumours about the vaccine that have been circulating for a while. Over and above, roads in these remote villages are in a pathetic condition owing to which, arranging vaccination sites in these villages is a hefty task. Phungyar A/C MLA, Leishiyo Keishing who is also the Chairman of Hills Area Committee along with District Administration has been organising awareness programmes on COVID vaccination in villages in his constituency for a while now. Awareness programs were held along with Litan police at Singkap, Marou and Singta villages just yesterday. 

Though Manipur government has intensified covid vaccination drive in valley areas, not even 20 thousand people have been vaccinated so far in the hill districts. Some villagers believe that getting Covid-19 vaccine is similar to getting  ‘666’ marked, which is believed to be the symbol of Anti-christ or the devil. Such rumour and many others have hindered vaccination drive.

After villagers repeatedly failed to turn up at Covid Vaccination Centres, the local MLA himself had visited some of these villages to raise awareness on the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and to clear away their doubts. Impact News reporter Kshetrimayum Premchand interacted with some of the villagers yesterday and witnessed that many of them are now willing to get the vaccine shots.

Around 200 villagers of Singkap, Marou and Singta recieved COVID-19 vaccine jabs just yesterday following an awareness program on the benefits of covid vaccination. On the positive note, eligible residents of 60 villages out of aound 140 villages of Kamjong District have been inoculated against COVID-19 so far. Meanwhile, the relevant authorities are making their best efforts to vaccinate the remaining eligible beneficiaries within this month.

Students' Wing of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, JCILPS has warned of ban on entry of Passenger Train in Manipur if the Government failed to rectify the Inner Liner Permit System being implemented in the state.

Speaking to Impact News on the sidelines of the 6th Death Anniversary observance of Lamjing Meira Sapam Robinhood at Awa Ching in Imphal East District today, Convenor of JCILPS Students' Wing Bhuiyamayum Sazad said that the prevailing ILPS in Manipur is just for name sake as it lacks essence to protect the indigenous people of Manipur. He said that the system lacks 'Cut of Base Year' to identify outsiders and criteria to award penalty to those who violate the system.

Stating that JCILPS never gave it's approval for the current ILP system right from the beginning, Sazad expressed worry that once passenger train runs regularly in Manipur before amending the ILPS, it will be a great threat to the future of indigenous people of Manipur. He urged the Government to implement a proper ILP system in the state and warned of intense drive against non-locals who are residing in the state without a valid Inner Line Permit.

The Convenor also said that they will start identifying those areas of Manipur under Foreign names so that necessary measures can be taken against illegal encroachment by outsiders.

People fondly remember 'Lamjing Meira Sapam Robinhood' on his 6th Death Anniversary today. 

Joint Committee On Inner Line Permit System, JCILPS observed his Death Anniversary at Awa Ching in Imphal East District in a subdued manner by strictly adhering to COVID SOPs. Family members, leaders of student organisations and Civil Society Organisations paid floral tribute to the portrait of Robinhood at the memorial event.

It may be mentioned that Sapam Robinhood succumbed to bullet injuries when police fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit System on July 8, 2015. He was a class 11 student (Science) of Annanda Singh Higher Secondary Academy.

JCILPS gave the title of ‘Lamjing Meira’ to Sapam Robinhood in honour of his bravery.


Manipur health department is making all out efforts to ramp up Covid Vaccination rate in the state with an aim to prevent the possible outbreak of 3rd Wave of coronavirus pandemic. State Health Society, National Health Mission, Manipur organised "One Day Advocacy Program cum Panel Discussion' for "Faith Based Organisations" on the topic ‘Strengthening of Covid-19 vaccination’ today.

Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) V. Vumlunmang gave key-note address at the programme held at All Manipur Baptist Convention, (MBC Church) in Chingmeirong. Dr Sasheekumar Mangang, Additional Director, MD, DHS gave an "Overview of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Manipur and State Mission Director of National Health Mission Dr. N. Shyamjai stressed on the "Importance of Covid Vaccination".

Dr. Shyamjai said, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the only sure means to protect oneself from the deadly disease. He asserted that rate of COVID-19 infection is lesser among inoculated people. Informing that the rate of Covid vaccination in Manipur and the country is still less in comparison to other countries, he appealed to everyone to come forward and get jabbed for protection.

It maybe mentioned that a total of 7 Lakh 38 Thousand 631 people have received COVID-19 Vaccine shots in Manipur till July 4th, of which 6 Lakh 52 Thousand 691 have received the 1st dose and 85 Thousand 940 have received the 2nd dose. Leaders attending the programme have called for joint efforts in raising awareness on the benefits of getting inoculated against COVID-19.

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.

Continuing war against drugs, a joint team of personnel of Imphal East District Police, Narcotic Cell and volunteers of Youth Athletic Development Association Khergao has arrested a man with various contraband tablets from Porompat Thawan Thaba Leikai during an anti-drug drive.

Arrested man is 45-year-old, Md.Fajuruddin, Son of late Md. Rafe Uddin from Kshetri Awang Leikai, Litan Bridge. Police has recovered 743 SP capsules and 88 N-10 tablets from him. The combined team led by Imphal East Narcotic Cell OC Inspector Kh.Devkumar has carried out the anti-drug drive under Imphal East District Police SP N. Herojit's supervision.

Speaking to media today, OC Inspector Kh.Devkumar has warned against sale and abuse of drugs. Police said, arrested Md.Fajuruddin has disclosed the names of other drug dealers and necessary actions are underway.

MLA of Hiyanglam Assembly Constituency, Dr. Y. Radheshyam has expressed concerns over the rising coronavirus infection rate in Manipur, despite the steady decrease in the country. He said, the spike in covid-positivity rate in the state is because of not following Covid Appropriate Behaviour strictly and failure in getting inoculated against COVID-19.   

MLA Dr.Y. Radheshyam was speaking on the sidelines of inspecting the Mass covid vaccination drive, organised by Covid Task Force Hiyanglam, Hiyanglam PHC and local clubs of Hiyanglam Terapisak namely ABC and YDC at YDC Ground today. The drive aimed to vaccinate around 500 locals. The MLA appealed to all the eligible beneficiaries to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to prevent the possible third wave of coronavirus pandemic in the state. He also reminded that the Union Health Ministry has already approved covid vaccination of pregnant and lactating women as safe.

It maybe mentioned that Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has recently announced to reward Rs.20 lakhs to the first fully vaccionated Assembly Constituency in the state. Covid vaccination has been intensified since then across the state and vaccination rate is also rising. As of July 2nd, a total of 7 lakh, 5 thousand, 693 people have received COVID-19 Vaccine in Manipur, out of which 85 Thousand 275 people have received the second dose.

Government targets to innoculate at least 75 per cent of the entire eligible population in the State by the end of this year.

Trial run of the first ever passenger train from Silchar Railway Station in Assam to Vaingaichunpao Railway Station in Manipur's Tamenglong district was conducted successfully on Friday. The train, a Rajdhani Express, accompanied by Railway officials reached Jiribam from Silchar around 11 AM. It stopped briefly at Jiribam railway station where the railway officials along with locals honoured the train, hoisted the national tricoloured flag and sang the National Anthem. The train then moved towards Vangaichungpao station in Tamenglong district, which is about 11 Kilometres away from the Jiribam town.

According to senior PRO of Northeast Frontier Railway Nripen Bhattacharya, formal inauguration of the passenger train service between Silchar and Vangaichungpao will be done by the Union Railway Minister soon and that the train service will benefit people of Manipur in connecting with other states of the country. He also said that construction for Vangaichungpao-Imphal rail line is going on full swing, mainly the tunnelling. He added that hectic works are on to complete the longest tunnel near the Imphal City as soon as possible.

Nripen Bhattacharya said, the railways would take necessary steps with regards to the project only in consultation with the higher authority based on steps initiated by Manipur government.

Works Minister Thongam Biswajit has assured to release the compensation amount for the families affected by the National Highway 2 Imphal-Dimapur New road alignment at Khongnem Thana in Senapati in the near future. He assured the same on the sidelines of inspecting the October 23, 2020 landslide affected stretch of the National Highway today. The Minister met the village chairman and members of the affected families and heard their grievances. He assured that the government will compensate the affected families at the earliest to help them shift to a suitable place.

Stating that any form of agitation during the ongoing pandemic will cause undue sufferings to everyone,  Minister Thongam Biswajit said that the government has opened its door wide open for the public and called for constructive criticism instead of spreading negativity. He appealed to the residents of Senapati district to make the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive a success by coming out in large numbers.

Additional Chief Engineer, National Highway, PWD Y. Joykumar and relevant officials accompanied the Minister. They also visited the temporary settlement area of the affected families at Khongnem Thana Community Hall.

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