Imphal: The Manipur Congress has put up 16 steps for consideration by the Manipur government to fight the Covid pandemic.
K. Meghachandra, MLA addressing a virtual press conference said the issues were raised as death rates and Covid cases were increasing. It was demanded that all District Hospitals must be made as a hospital with a minimum of 100 beds, fully equipped with ventilators, ICU and all necessary facilities to fight covid in all the districts of the state immediately.
Rs. 1 crore must be immediately released by the government to every MLA to economically empower MLAs in fighting Covid second wave in the state it was demanded.
Permanent recruitment of doctors and nurses by the state government to enable filling up of the shortage of doctors, nurses and staff in health department and district hospitals to fight Covid was demanded.
The party wanted immediate step to increase the percentage of vaccinated people in the state, by having more vaccinations per day and vaccinating the persons between 18 and 44 of age.
Congress also wanted increase of ambulance vehicles in every district, ICU beds, Oxygen beds, beds well equipped with ventilator must be increased to reduce death rate in the state. The daily positivity rate and death rate must be shared for all the districts and the overall rates for the state by the government. The state government must not conceal the data on covid death rate and covid positivity rate everyday it was stated.
The cost of hospitalisation and treatment at private hospitals due to covid must be fixed and regulated by the government so that the poor covid patients do not suffer financially. Covid management systems must be de-centralised instead of being centralised and controlled by one committee or limited bureaucracy it was suggested. De-centralised covid management is necessary to attend to issues in hill districts and rural areas of the state.
The results of the genome sequencing of the covid samples from Manipur must be officially released so that the types of variants of covid can be known it was also demanded Groceries, food delivery systems, online food delivery and home delivery system must be exempted from restrictions under curfew or containment notification by the government.
He said food supplies to the covid patients, food supplies to the poor and the needy people during curfew must not be stopped by the government during curfew. Banks must be exempted from restrictions under curfew so that the ATMs have cash for the people to use for treatment and other essential purposes. Relief and immediate help must be extended to the family of covid deaths.
It was stated that Rs. 29.2 crores, which is already released by the centre to Manipur, meant to be used in fighting covid at panchayats must reach villagers on time.
The government must release Rs. 485.5 crores, which is already released from the centre to the state, for MGNREGA to the villagers during covid pandemic immediately it was lastly demanded.