UPDATES ON COVID-19 : Centre lends a helping hand to NE States in the fight against COVID-19

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The fight against the pandemic across the country has been a concerted and collective endeavour. The Centre has pro-actively and strongly supported strengthening of the medical care infrastructure in the NE States to fight COVID-19.

The North Eastern (NE) states have a comparatively lower number of COVID-19 cases compared to the country. As depicted in the table below, as on date, while the active cases are 3731, the recoveries exceed this at 5715. The death rate continues to be low, with no deaths in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Sr. No. State Active Cases Recoveries Death
1 Arunachal Pradesh 121 38 1
2 Assam 2279 4033 9
3 Manipur 702 354 0
4 Meghalaya 3 42 1
5 Mizoram 115 30 0
6 Nagaland 195 160 0
7 Sikkim 46 39 0
8 Tripura 270 1019 1
Total 3731 5715 12

A critical pillar which hampered the efforts of the NE states in combating was the COVID-19 outbreak was complete lack of testing facilities. But today, because of the focussed attention of the Centre through the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the NE has 39 testing labs in the public sector and three in the private sector, totalling to 42 labs.

Serial No. State Public Labs Private Labs Total Labs
1 Arunachal Pradesh 3 0 3
2 Assam 10 2 12
3 Manipur 2 0 2
4 Meghalaya 6 1 7
5 Mizoram 2 0 2
6 Nagaland 13 0 13
7 Sikkim 2 0 2
8 Tripura 1 0 1
Total 39 3 42

The NE States also suffered from an acute lack of dedicated COVID Hospitals, COVID Health Centres and COVID care Centres. With the help of the Centre, the healthcare infrastructure across all the NE states has been substantially supplemented.

The present status is as follows:

Serial No. State Dedicated COVID Hospitals / DCH Dedicated COVID Health Center / DCHC Dedicated COVID Center / DCCC No of Facility
1 Arunachal Pradesh 4 31 51 86
2 Assam 32 267 1001 1300
3 Manipur 2 18 1 21
4 Meghalaya 7 24 14 45
5 Mizoram 1 15 15 31
6 Nagaland 12 1 1 14
7 Sikkim 1 2 2 5
8 Tripura 1 2 13 16
Total 60 360 1098 1518

Also, Government of India has supported the NE States in stepping up the number of ICU beds, Isolation beds, Oxygen supported beds and ventilators. This has played a critical role in effective clinical management of COVID-19 cases.

Sr. No. State Total Isolation beds (excluding ICU beds) O2 Supported beds Total ICU beds No of Ventilators
1 Arunachal Pradesh 1998 178 60 16
2 Assam 67833 1841 598 350
3 Manipur 829 317 48 45
4 Meghalaya 1231 345 83 95
5 Mizoram 709 213 37 27
6 Nagaland 681 142 54 28
7 Sikkim 251 224 20 59
8 Tripura 1277 10 13 7

The Centre has also strongly supported the NE states to step up the availability of N95 masks, PPE kits and HCQ tablets.

Sr.No. State / UT / Central Government Institutions N95 masks distributed ( lakh) PPE kits distributed (lakh) HCQ tablets distributed (lakh)
1 Arunachal Pradesh 1.21 0.66 1.5
2 Assam 3.37 2.01 6.7
3 Manipur 0.95 0.79 2.7
4 Meghalaya 0.75 0.52 1.75
5 Mizoram 0.76 0.31 2.2
6 Nagaland 0.7 0.25 1.75
7 Sikkim 0.80 0.52 0.25
8 Tripura 1.38 1.13 2.5

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