Imphal: With the aim of early detection and early medication to flatten the COVID-19 curve, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh Tuesday flagged off “Aggressive Mass COVID-19 Testing drive in Imphal West” from the Health Directorate, Lamphelpat.
The Mass Testing Drive is organised by the District Administration, Imphal West. Different teams consisting of medical staff will proceed to different locations around Imphal West District to conduct the mass testing drive.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister expressed that he felt proud of the spirit and courage shown by frontline workers including doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff while rendering their endless services to save the lives of people from the pandemic. He added that as the Indian Army sacrifices their lives in protecting the sovereignty of the Motherland in many instances, health workers do take an important role in saving the people’s lives in this crucial hour of the pandemic.
Stating that the Government has been putting in every possible effort to fight COVID-19, N. Biren maintained that mass testing and mass vaccination drive was taken up to prevent the state from moving towards any uncontrollable situation. Maintaining that saving precious lives of people as priority in this hour, he appealed to the public to cooperate with the mass testing drive so that early medication could follow.
The Chief Minister warned that positive cases would rise for some days with the beginning of mass testing, however, it would come down gradually. He further informed that he had advised sitting MLAs of all 60 Assembly Constituencies to set up Community Isolation Centres at their respective Assembly Constituencies for accommodating COVID-19 positive patients which are likely to increase with the mass testing drive.
Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West Th. Kirankumar stated that the District Administration had come with the mass testing drive under the direction of the Chief Minister to curb the spread of the pandemic. He further said that under the drive, around 3,500 to 5000 testing will be done every day for the next 15 days to identify positive cases and take necessary measures. He added that such a step would help in bringing down the number of positive cases in the following days.
He expressed his gratitude to the State Health Department, Manipur University, Canchipur, Heritage Convent, Uripok, local clubs and others for their support and cooperation in such an initiative.
It may be mentioned that the Aggressive Mass COVID-19 Testing drive will be done at Kumari High School, Hiyangthang; Mutum Phibou UPS, Mutum Phibou; Manipur University; Langthabal Khoupum Community Hall; Ibudhou Pakhangba Community Hall, Konthoujam Makha Leikai; Thangtek Yangoi Ningthou Community Hall; Moidangpok Awang Community Hall; Awang Leikai Community Hall, Patsoi Part-II; Patsoi Part-III community Hall; Hindi Sec. School, Kanglatongbi; Heirangoithong Community Hall and Khomdram Selungba Community Hall, Thangmeiband apart from those testing centres at T.G. Hr. Secondary School and Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.