Manipur govt comes up with relief packages for COVID patients & families

Chief Minister N Biren Singh via video conferencing interacted with the isolated patients to take note of their inconveniences and grievances

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed that the state government will bear the cremation and burial expenses of COVID-19 victims in the state.

He made this announcement following an "insightful interaction" with the COVID patients in home isolation through a video conference to understand their inconveniences and grievances. 

"I have interacted with covid patients in home isolation for the second day today through video conferencing. Through these interactions, I learnt about the challenges faced by the families who are grieving the death of (their) loved ones."

"Considering the trauma and financial burden faced by the families due to death of their loved ones in this pandemic, we have decided to bear the cost of cremating the unfortunate victims of Covid," Singh said.

He assured that the government is taking note of all the grievances, adding that the suggestions would be incorporated in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also mentioned that the monitoring of patients in home isolation will be intensified, and a team of doctors and other healthcare staff will start visiting each house with COVID patients to check up on their condition.

"The Government will also provide medicines and pulse oximeter for the patients," he added.

COVID patients to be covered under CMHT and PMJAY schemes

A day after the announcement of bearing the expenses for the burial/cremation of COVID-19 victims, Manipur Government came up with another COVID relief for its citizens. 

On Sunday, it decided to cover the COVID patients under CMHT (Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang) and PMJAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana) schemes.

Citizens holding the cards for both schemes, if diagnosed with COVID-19,  can avail the benefits of cashless hospitalisation in empanelled hospitals,  Singh announced on Facebook on Sunday.

He wrote, "Happy to share that, for all the covid patients holding CMHT and PMJAY cards, the expenses for their hospitalization in empanelled hospitals will now be covered under CMHT and PMJAY."

He mentioned that the beneficiaries of the two schemes may raise any issues, complaints and queries to the dedicated 24/7 toll-free number 1800-103-2015.

Apart from the help rendered by the state Government, Manipur is also receiving help from international organisations. On Monday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) donated 150 oxygen concentrators to the Government of Manipur. 

"We can’t be more thankful to WHO as these oxygen concentrators will be of great help in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic," Singh wrote on Facebook.

Review meeting held at Ukhrul Mini Secretariat

A review meeting was held at Ukhrul Mini Secretariat on Monday to monitor the overall management of the second wave of the pandemic in the Ukhrul and Kamjong Districts, where various measures to contain the spread and ensure adequate supply of oxygen in the two districts were discussed.

"To be able to accommodate more serious patients from both Ukhrul and Kamjong district, the TK Woodland tourist resort in Ukhrul will now be converted into a Covid Isolation Hospital equipped with 75 beds and 10 ventilators. This facility will be ready by 29th May," Chief Minister mentioned.

It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has been interacting with the patients in home isolation for the past three days and will continue to do so.

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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