Meghalaya govt prepares for battle against COVID 19

Shillong, Mar 17: Despite no cases of COVID-19 reported in the state, Meghalaya government is taking pre-emptive measures to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread.

The Health and Family Welfare department has urged passengers travelling from affected countries and states within the country to voluntarily go for testing if they display symptoms of flu and high fever.

Sampath Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary Health and Family Welfare department said, “We also have another system of collection of data from airports of persons coming into the state.”

The authorities however could not specify as to how those coming by road and other means of transportation will be screened for coronavirus.

The secretary further informed that the designated entry points to the country from Bangladesh, Dawki and Dalu teams have been stationed and around 500 persons are being screened on a daily basis.

The Commissioner and Secretary Health also informed that the government has asked the hospitals to have separate OPDs for respiratory patients so that they do not have to move through other patients.

“NEIGRIHMS has been designated as a testing centre even as doctors in districts are being trained how to take samples,” Kumar said, adding, that a system has been placed wherein if samples are taken these would be sent to NEIGRIHMS and if these are positive they will be sent to Pune for confirmation.

It was also revealed that all hotels in the state have been notified to inform of any guests coming from foreign countries.

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