James Sangma reviews situation in Tura amidst lockdown

Shillong, Apr 7: Meghalaya Power Minister and Minister in-charge, Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, James K. Sangma on Tuesday reviewed the overall situation in Tura amidst the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak and assured that efforts were being made by the government to ensure that challenges and concerns of the people are addressed.

The minister admitted that Tura was facing some difficulties with regards to supply of essential commodities however added that the issues have been resolved and commodities have been made available in the market.

“Food grains are being released under the NFSA and open market sell scheme for all the districts, which will ease most of the issues concerning the people, particularly in the rural areas,” said James Sangma.

During the meeting, issues related to medical preparedness including allotment of dedicated ambulance for sample collection and transportation of suspected patients, were reportedly discussed at length.

It was revealed that in West Garo Hills, 211 beds are available at the Corona Care Centre, 60 beds for quarantine, including 30 beds in plain belt area of Garo Hills besides isolation ward at Tura Civil Hospital, Selsella CHC and Chibinang CHC.

Two private hospitals, Tura Christian Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital, Tura have been designated as isolation wards, consisting of 4 and 5 beds respectively.

It was informed that the issue of PPE and other equipment for frontline workers were discussed. During the meeting, the Minister revealed that government has placed orders for equipment, which are being made available to different health care institutions.

The meeting also discussed shortage of LPG cylinder and the minister has assured that measures has been taken to streamline the supply.

On issues of the farming community, the Minister has directed the Deputy Commissioner to chart out action plans in collaboration with Agriculture Department to resolve any difficulties of the farmers.

The Department of Information and Public Relations were also instructed to ensure proper dissemination of information even at the rural areas for which vehicles fixed with PA systems could be taken on hire.

Thanking stakeholders including officers, faith based organisations, civil society organisations and the public at large for their cooperation during the lockdown period, the minister appealed that people should continue with their spirit and adhere to government advisories by maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene.

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