Meghalaya cabinet approves setting up of a COVID-19 Management Unit

Shillong, Aug 14: The Meghalaya Cabinet, on Friday, approved a proposal to set up a COVID-19 Management Unit in view of the ongoing pandemic.

Cabinet Minister James Sangma informed that the budgetary requirement placed for the consideration totalled to a figure of 5,05,92,000 which has been approved.

“The role of CMU is to primarily man the entry points for registration of all civilians into the state, data collection and management, to monitor disease trends, management of quarantine and corona care centres and detection and response to disease outbreaks,” he stated.

Sangma stated that this dedicated cell would place its efforts on identifying preventive measures to reduce the chances of infection.

“Proposal would consist of a State Management Unit, District Management Unit, dedicated teams at four major entry points for sampling, registration of civilians entering the state and dedicated teams to manage selected quarantine and corona care centres,” he added.

He stated that the need for CMU was felt because the current programme management unit under the National Health Mission is already overburdened with management of numerous central schemes.

The COVID-19 Management Unit would be headed by the Mission Director of the National Health Mission.