Guwahati: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Manipur health minister L Jayantakumar Singh distributed ambulances to the chief medical officer's (CMO) of some districts at an occasion held at the Medical Directorate Office, Lamphelpat on Tuesday.
On the occasion, he said two more ambulances has been acquired by the National Health Mission, Manipur to meet the adequate requirement.
He also stated one of the ambulances will be used at CMO office, Bishnupur while the other will be utilized at Medical Directorate, Lamphelpat,
Minister Jayantakumar also distributed five Mahindra Bolero SUV cars, one each for Pherzawl, Jiribam, Noney, Tengnoupal and Kakching in a function held at the directorate in the afternoon.
The SUV cars were handed over to concern chief medical officers.
The minister said the increasing need of transport vehicles for transporting people who have returned to the State during the pandemic juncture is well understood by State Government and added that the transport vehicles have also been given to other districts on a priority basis.
As fears rise over the international outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the minister has urged the public to remain calm as the government is putting constant effort to provide the necessities of the people.
He said the government is also focused on containing the pandemic.
On the government's plan to increase the number of beds at the newly opened COVID care centre at UNNACO school campus in Manipur, he said 253 beds are ready for the treatment of COVID cases.
Initially the State Government had planned UNACCO COVID Care Centre at Meitram near Imphal to be a 100 bedded care centre, the minister said.
The government is planning to increase ambulance services to cater to the surging covid positive numbers in the state..
In the event Director of Health Services Dr K Rajo Singh, additional directors and officials of Health Department and NHM, Manipur were also present.
However, health facilities and workforce are currently inundated by a plethora of activities related to controlling the pandemic.