Imphal: In view of the sudden upsurge of COVID-19 cases in the State, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh sought expert opinion from medical experts, bureaucrats and police to effectively tackle the second wave of COVID-19 in a meeting held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat Thursday.
Education Minister S. Rajen, Advisor to CM (Health) Dr S. Ranjan, Additional Chief Secretary M.H. Khan, Principal Secretary (Health) V. Vumlunmang, Commissioner (Education-S) T. Ranjit, Director (Health) Dr K. Rajo, JNIMS Director Prof K. Bhimo, Shija Hospitals Managing Director Dr. Kh. Palin, Babina Group Managing Director Dr Th. Dhabali, Imphal West DC N. Praveen, Imphal East Additional DC Shamim Ahmad Shah, Imphal East SP H. Jogeshchandra, Imphal West SP K. Meghachandra and other officials of Directorate of Health Services were present in the meeting.
N. Biren Singh during the meeting sought technical opinion on key points like manpower and material management, vaccination, nature of lockdown and containment zones, effective enforcement of SoPs, etc.
The Chief Minister assured the officials concerned that there would be no dearth of funds. He then instructed them to acquire required equipment and engage manpower at the earliest. Biren also asked them to increase COVID beds in hospitals and re-activate COVID Care Centres as soon as possible.
N. Biren Singh also expressed the need to utilise the manpower of Education Department in assisting the officials of Health Department in suitable tasks like making enquiry of home isolation patients.