Manipur health minister Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar addressing a press meet in Imphal on May 12, 2020. Image: DIPR, Manipur

Necessary arrangements are being made for the arrival of 1140 stranded people of Manipur from Chennai at the Jiribam railway station, reports reaching Imphal said.

Jiribam is the state’s only railway station located about 220 km west of Imphal.

It may be mentioned that the special train which left Chennai railway station on Sunday is expected to arrive at Jiribam on Wednesday, sources added.

Meanwhile, state health and family welfare minister Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar while addressing a press conference at his official conference hall in Imphal on Tuesday said after the passengers reach Jiribam, they will be screened for COVID-19 to detect whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Thereafter, they will be sent to institutional quarantine centres or community quarantine centres for self quarantine as decided by the Health department experts.

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Jayantakumar also informed that all the passengers would be subjected to thermal screening and other forms of screening at Jiribam as per the standard operating procedure issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Indian Council of Medical Research.

After screening they will be taken to community quarantine centres opened with the help of the MLAs.

So far many community quarantine centres were opened in the state.

The people of Manipur who have started their journey back home from Chennai and from other places of the country in special trains will be reaching Jiribam within a day or two, minister added.

Earlier, the state Cabinet had decided to provide Rs 200 per head per day along with medical items and support to the stranded persons during their stay at the community quarantine centres.

The meeting also resolved to bear train fare for stranded people of the State.


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