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43 stranded folks reach home, 22 on way from Kolkata
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 07 2020: As many States ramp up efforts to bring back stranded natives from cities across the country, 43 more have been brought back to Manipur today.

Stranded in Guwahati due to the lockdown because of coronavirus outbreak, all 43 belong to Sagolband Assembly Constituency and they are being kept at the IIIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology Manipur) quarantine centre at Mantripukhri.

They had started their journey from Guwahati by bus at around 3.10 pm yesterday and reached Imphal at around 3 pm today.

They were screened for coronavirus symptoms at Mao, after which they were brought at the IIIT Mantripukhri quarantine centre.

It may be noted that the evacuation was organised by Sagolband Constituency Progressive Committee (SCPC) under the aegis of local MLA RK Imo Singh.



43 stranded folks reach home, 22 on way from Kolkata
43 stranded folks reach home, 22 on way from Kolkata


Two buses were sent to evacuate the 43 after getting required permits.

Meanwhile, work is on to set up a quarantine centre at Johnstone Higher Secondary School, Imphal.

Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) staff are engaged with the task of setting up the centre.

It will be handed over to Government once completed, said sources.

On the other hand, 22 healthcare workers including nurses from Manipur who are working in Kolkata have reached Dimapur on their own.

Source in the Health Department said that they may reach Mao late night today or early Friday.

The 22 individuals are working in 5 different private hospitals in Kolkata.

As West Bengal is among the coronavirus hit States, they will be quarantined on arrival.

They will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantined at State TB Hospital, said the source.

On preparedness of the two largest hospitals in the State, RIMS has 15 COVID-19 dedicated ventilators while JNIMS has 7 .

There is also 4 reserved ventilators.

All district hospitals are also equipped with ventilators.

Hill district hospitals have two ventilators each, said the source.

At present, the State has 1,65,504 triple layered masks, 6,435 N-95 masks, 20,870 hand gloves, 10,792 hand sanitisers, 81 non-contact thermometers, 6,217 PPEs, the source added.

Meanwhile, MLA Khurai Assembly Constituency, L Susindro flagged off one bus from North AOC today to bring back 20 stuck at Guwahati due to the lockdown.

Speaking to reporters on the sideline, L Susindro said that a website-www.tengbangkhurai.in was set up to reach out to stranded people from Khurai recently.

The 20 individuals had registered themselves on the site and sought evacuation, he said.

As per the website, there is a total of 441 from the Constituency stranded in various cities, he said adding Rs 1,000 each will be deposited on their bank accounts to help them financially.

The 20 individuals to be evacuated will also be provided Rs 1,000 each, he said adding they will undergo all necessary quarantine measures as laid down by the Health Department and Government.

Chingkhei Ching Residential School will be converted into a quarantine centre for Khurai AC and all required facilities will be installed in the centre, he said.


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