The Archdiocese of Imphal in India has proposed six points to help address the coronavirus pandemic in the area.
The local church drew up the following points during a meeting on May 28.
- Formation of COVID Task Force under the name Archdiocesan COVID Task Force (ACTF) to collaborate with the civil administration in controlling the spread COVID-19
- Setting up a 40-bed COVID ward at the archdiocesan hospital, Catholic Medical Centre, Koirengei
- Making available the services of youth volunteers to the district administration
- Making use of Catholic Church platforms to spread awareness and promote appropriate behavior
- Make available 12 existing wellness centers in different parts of the diocese as isolation/COVID care centers in the villages
- Open up infrastructures across the state by providing socio-psycho support particularly to children whose parents are COVID victims or are affected by COVID.
The proposed steps were presented to government representatives in Manipur State during a meeting on June 2.
The meeting discussed updates on the rapid spread of the pandemic in the state and deliberated on a common strategy to combat the disease.
The meeting also highlighted the need for collaboration between the government and faith-based and civil society groups, including the Catholic Church. - Mark Thang Khan Ai/RVA News