Manipur’s first quarantine baby named Emmanuel Quarantino

Kaybie Chongloi

The Christian Pentecost Day in Manipur on Sunday was filled with joy and happiness as the first Quarantine baby was born at the designated Institutional Quarantine Centre at Emmanuel School, Haipi in Kangpokpi District.

The lively and healthy baby is the first child born in a Quarantine Centre in the state amid the pandemic to a returnee couple.

The baby was named ‘Emmanuel Quarantino’ by the Medical Officers, Dr. Thangminlun Singson and Dr. Nengpilhing Misao who delivered the baby inside the Quarantine Centre at around 9:45 am on Sunday morning with the assistance of PHC Kalapahar health workers and other under the careful supervision of Dr. Nilakanta Singh, Chief Medical Officer, Kangpokpi and Dr. Paotinlal Haokip, in-charge Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Kangpokpi.

According to Dr. Haokip, in-charge, Medical Superintendent of District Hospital, Kangpokpi the mother along with the baby boy’s father arrived Kangpokpi DHQs on May 27 from Goa via Jiribam in a special train and they were kept under surveillance in a single room at the Institutional Quarantine Centre at Emmanuel School, Haipi.

He said that the 27-years-old mother’s sample was collected for COVID-19 test on May 30 and sent to the JNIMS, Imphal laboratory and her result is awaited. As soon as the labor pain started at around 7:00 am the medical team led by Dr. Thangminlun Singson and Dr. Nengpilhing Misao with the assistance of other health workers under PHC Kalapahar immediately swung into action and attended her with full PPEs and aseptic precautions.

Dr Haokip also said that the baby boy weighing 3.2 Kg. was delivered successfully without any complication at around 9:45 am following the hard struggle and efforts of the medical officers as well as the strong mother while adding that the baby boy is healthy and lively and also his mother have no immediate maternal complication or PPH.

He further added that this is one of the greatest achievements and feats for the frontline workers especially the health workers in the state who have no border or boundary despite the pandemic.

Dr. Haokip also said that there are also few more pregnant women under surveillance at some Institutional Quarantine Centres in the district including Damdei Christian College, BIET Centre, etc. while they are regularly monitored and given due care by the medical team.

Meanwhile, the second Quarantine baby was reportedly delivered at Churachandpur on June 2.