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.
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.
Chief Minister Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has expressed belief that there will be a feeling of oneness, peace, harmony and prosperity in the State when the Nongpok-thong (Eastern Gate) of the Kangla Fort is opened. The Chief Minister inspected the ongoing construction of the gate today. Speaking to media, Chief Minister Biren said that construction of the gate was taken after deliberate consultations with historians and experts. He said that the government has set a target of completing the construction of Nongpok-thong, footpath and recreational park by October this year.
Speaking on the sidelines, Chief Minister Nonthombam Biren also stated that the utmost priority of the government is to save precious lives during this pandemic. He appealed to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as it is the only means to protect and prevent from the dreaded disease as well as to follow all necessary precautions, preventive measures and COVID Appropriate Behaviour to overcome the disease.He sought for public cooperation and support for the success of the mass vaccination drive. He said that each one of us has the equal responsibility in the fight against the pandemic.
Minister for CAF & PD Th. Satyabrata, Chairman PDA T. Robindro, MP (Rajya Sabha) Leisemba Sanajaoba, Langthabal MLA Karam Shyam, DGP LM Khaute and other top ranking officials accompanied the Chief Minister during the inspection visit.
Even as the State is grappling with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, a second case of MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children) has been reported by Mother's Care Children Hospital & Research Centre, Sagolband Moirang Leirak in Manipur. An Eight year old boy was admitted in the hospital with 5 days of fever and diarrhea, red eyes, red lips and tongue.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or fatigue.
The hospital said that the boy was confirmed for MIS-C in laboratory tests ruling out other infections. Press release from the hospital said early intervention saved the boy from the usual complications such as shock, cardiac and other multi-organ involvement. He was discharged well on Day five of illness fully recovered.
It may be mentioned that the first case encountered by the hospital was far more severe. Doctors at the hospital said, early diagnosis and intervention are the keys to good outcome and parents should be on alert, adding that the index of suspicion should be higher especially if a child had COVID-19 infection two to six weeks prior.
MIS-C can occur in children having no proven COVID-19 infection, as the child could be having asymptomatic infection. There are no known causes of MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.