Thursday, February 9, 2023

Steps taken for genome sequencing: Manipur minister

Correspondent

Manipur health minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan said on Thursday that steps for genome sequencing of all COVID-19 positive samples have taken up in the state as per an advice of the Union health ministry.
The steps have been taken up for timely detection of new variants, the minister said, in his speech at the annual project meeting on COVID-19 vaccination held in Imphal’s Classic Grande today.
The Union ministry of health and family welfare had recently directed state health authorities to send all positive samples for genome sequencing for timely detection of new variants in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in China, Japan, USA and Korea.
Samples of all positive cases will be sent for genome sequencing. All necessary steps for this have been taken up, he said.
The minister said, “We should not feel that we are COVID free even if the COVID-19 active case in the state comes down to zero.”
Mention may be made here that with no fresh infection reported in the state in the last seven days, there was no active case in the state. No fresh case was detected in the state since December 15 and after the discharge of two patients on Wednesday, there is no active case in the state.
The health minister maintained that the situation of the pandemic remains still alarming in some countries according to the recent reports.
“It is fortunate that Manipur as per the report of the health department released on December 21, the state holds the record of zero COVID active case,” he said.
“But we should not be complacent in the report. We should work on preventive measures,” he added.
The minister expressed concern over the low vaccination rate in the hill districts of the state.
The percentage of COVID vaccination was below the average in most of the hill districts. This needs to be reviewed since vaccination was the way of survivors from COVID, he said. At the same time, the minister lauded the role played by the NGOs in the state, particularly in the hill districts, on COVID vaccination and awareness.
“Their roles are really commendable,” he said, and added that without their effort and cooperation, the rate of vaccination might have come down even more.
Dr Ranjan also suggested that people should not hesitate taking booster doses.
“The booster dose is necessary as the country is still taking precautionary measures on COVID-19,” he said adding that the state government was also taking up various initiatives. People need to cooperate with the government.
The programme was jointly organized by CASA, USAID, Momentus and NHM Manipur. A souvenir was also released on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the state reported no new case of COVID-19 as well as no pandemic-related death in the last 24 hours, the state health department said on Thursday.
The overall infection tally remained at 1,39,922, out of which 1,37,773 recovered and 2,149 succumbed to the pandemic. The recovery rate stood at 98.46%.
A total of 91 samples were tested in the last 24 hours and it took the cumulative number of samples tested so far to 16,64,396.
As per the latest bulletin, only 69 people were vaccinated in the state on Wednesday and it took the total doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the state to 32,65,787 (16,48,669 first dose, 13,38,023 second dose and 2,79,095 precautionary dose.

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