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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.

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.


Ongoing land controversy has reportedly led to firing of guns between Andro villagers and Sandang Senba Maring villagers. Andro villagers have alleged that Senba Maring villagers crossed into their village and fired into their homes. Impact News sources said that the incident occurred at around 10AM on June 24 at Andro UU Nambol village area. In the incident, a woman who recently gave birth fainted and had to be given medical attention while  some villagers fled the area in dread. As soon as report of scuffle between the villages reached, a police team led by Imphal East District SP Roni Mayengbam, SDPO Porompat Suraj and Irilbung Police Station OC came to contain the situation and prevent further untoward incidents.

Speaking to Impact News, Loumeehal of Andro Pana Loishang, H. Anil alleged that around 30 Sandang Senba Maring villagers came and fired in Andro village when menfolk were out working in their paddy fields. Stating that Imphal East District Magistrate had already promulgated CrPC 144 in the area owing to land disputes between the two villages, H. Anil demanded befitting legal action against those who broke the law. He expressed worry and asked who would take the blame if there had been any death or serious injuries while adding that residents of Andro Village and Sandang Senba Maring Village should remain in peace. 

On the other hand, Sandang Senba Maring Village has totally denied responsibility for the firing incident. Chairman of Sandang Senba Maring Village, KT. Mothil instead blamed the Andro Villagers of causing them inconveniences on their way to paddy fields. He appealed to the government to settle the prevailing dispute without further delay. He opined that lack of proper intervention by the government has led to increased animosity between the villages. Stating that now is the cultivation season, he appealed to Andro Villagers not to hinder or cause any trouble to them. KT. Mothil appealed for help from the Government and Civil Society Organisations in settling the dispute.

It may be mentioned that residents of the two villages are in constant friction over a site called Chaphu Uppi, supposedly a sacred place for Andro villagers but which the Sandang Senba villagers used for burial claiming the site as their own few months back that had led to the land dispute.

Infants and children below the age of 18 years in Manipur are being affected by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Providing routine immunisation to the children and making sure that their mental as well as physical well-being is not affected is the need of the hour.

Manipur is not an exception to the devastating second wave of Covid 19 pandemic in the country. Experts have expressed apprehension about possible outbreak of third wave of coronavirus pandemic. Children below the age of 18 years will be the most vulnerable group if the third wave hit the country as COVID Vaccination for children has not been approved yet. Over 10 thousand children below the age of 18 years in Manipur alone have been detected positive for covid-19 so far. Speaking to Impact news, Secretary of Paediatric Association of India Manipur State Dr. Shyamkumar Laishram has stressed on the need to follow COVID-safety guidelines by each person as well as for the government to take necessary preventive measures against another devastating outbreak in the state.

According to experts routine immunisation develops antibodies in children which will protect them from various diseases. Unfortunately, COVID-19 Pandemic has hindered routine immunisation for children in Manipur as parents fear stepping out of homes to visit health care facilities. Government should think twice about Covid care centres and covid vaccination sites being set up near Government run immunisation centres.

State Immunisation officer has appealed to parents and guardians in the state to give routine immunisation to their children, as skipping their routine immunisation for fear of stepping out of homes due to covid-19 will have far more adverse consequences upon the children in the future.

Impact of Coronavirus pandemic is far more than we can imagine. Head of ‘Department of Psychiatry’, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences Imphal,- Professor RK Lenin has asserted that impact of Coronavirus pandemic is not only upon those who suffered from Covid-19 but everyone. He warned that the pandemic has the potential of affecting both mental and physical well-being of everyone and especially immature children below the age of 18 years as they stay indoors for almost 24 hours. He stressed on the need for every parents to act responsibly and cater to their children's needs.

It is our responsibility to keep our children, who are the future pillars of the society, healthy and protect them from deadly diseases. Relevant authorities should ensure that children are not deprived of Routine immunisation. Supporting the government's efforts for successful vaccination against COVID-19 and preventing loopholes which led to the first and prevailing second wave of coronavirus pandemic are equally important to ward-off the possible third wave of the pandemic in Manipur. Lets follow COVID-Appropriate Behaviour, Stay Safe and defeat the coronavirus pandemic.

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