Manipur gets 15 ambulances
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over 15 basic life support ambulances to different Chief Medical Officer at a function held in Imphal on Saturday.
National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) donated the ambulances to the Manipur Government.
One ambulance each would be handed over to Kakching CHC, Ukhrul District Hospital, Thanlon PHC and Haochong PHC while the remaining would be kept at the Directorate of Health Services headquarters for the time being for further handing over to different districts in case of emergency, the chief minister said.
"At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manipur used to face many issues because of the lack of ambulances at many healthcare centres and districts. However, the swift purchase of 14 new ambulances by the State Government helped significantly in the effective tackling of the pandemic," Singh said.
“All the 16 districts of Manipur have ambulances now. The state has 12 Advanced Life Saving ambulances and 14 Basic Life Saving Ambulances, excluding those which were donated by NHIDC on Saturday,” Singh added.
Additional ambulances are being kept for monitoring home isolation patients as well, the chief minister said. Adding that the Government will provide more ambulances to the districts from time to time when the need arises.
Singh informed that there is enough stock of medical oxygen in the State. Manipur currently has 1098 D-Type cylinders, 242 Oxygen Concentrator Machines and 90 Ventilators. Besides the existing three oxygen generating units, the Government had permitted oxygen production to Shija Hospitals as well, Singh added.
Singh also said that there is enough stock of Remdesivir medicine and that another 1000 vials would arrive on April 25.
JNIMS currently has 100 COVID beds while RIMS has 52 and all the district hospitals and different private hospitals also have dedicated COVID beds.
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