Manipur CM N Biren Singh visits the newly opened COVID Care Centre at UNACCO School premises at Meitram.

The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal would be kept as a general hospital while COVID-19 cases would be treated at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) besides newly opened COVID Care Centre and some district hospitals.

Manipur chief minister N BIren Singh said that RIMS would not admit new COVID-19 patients now.

Singh said this while visiting the newly opened COVID Care Centre at UNACCO School premises at Meitram in Manipur’s in Imphal West District on Saturday, reports said.

Chief Minister was also briefed by Health Services Director Dr K Rajo and other officials outside the containment boundary of the Centre.

During the visit, Biren Singh said that around 48 patients are being treated in the new COVID Care Centre at Meitram and the Government is considering to increase the number of beds from 100 to 300.

The chief minister further informed that necessary manpower has been deputed at the Centre for proper care and treatment of patients.

Meanwhile, recovery rate of patients is also increasing, he added.

He also observed that lack of discipline among inmates and violation of safety guidelines are the main reasons for the rise of COVID-19 cases in the State.

Stating that mischievous inmates would be put behind bars, the Chief Minister said that eight inmates had already been jailed so far.

The chief minister further said that it was encouraging that MLAs, civil society organisations and many student bodies have been actively involving in imparting awareness to the inmates of quarantine centers so that they may understand the gravity of the situation and realize the importance of maintaining safety guidelines.

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