Meghalaya records 156 new recoveries today

SHILLONG, Sep 8: The State on Tuesday recorded 42 new COVID-19 cases and a huge number of recoveries – 156.

State Health Minister, A. L. Hek informed that with the new cases the total number of active ones now stands at 1343.

The district wise break up of active cases are – East Khasi Hills 920, West Garo Hills 173, Ri-Bhoi 117, East Jaintia Hills 30, West Khasi Hills 30, East Garo Hills 25, South Garo Hills 16, North Garo Hills – 13,  West Jaintia Hills 11, South West Garo Hills 7 and South West Khasi Hills one. 

The district wise break up of cases in the others category are – East Khasi Hills 11 high risk contacts, two health workers at Bethany Hospital and seven influenza like illnesses, South West Garo Hills two truck drivers and one high risk contact and West Garo Hills one returnee, seven random testing at Rongram market and three high risk contacts. 

The State also recorded a surge in recoveries on Tuesday with 156 – East Garo Hills 73, East Khasi Hills 53, West Garo Hills 26, Ri-Bhoi three and West Jaintia Hills one. The total recovered cases now stands at 1716 with 17 deaths. 

The samples sent for testing till date are 102487, samples which tested negative are 98345 and the reports of 1066 are awaited. The number of people who have entered the State till date are 33880.

Hek also informed that on Tuesday, he had a video conferencing with district health officials. The Health Minister informed that in the video conferencing it was decided that health infrastructures in  the various existing health centres like the Community Health Centres and Public Health Centres will be upgraded. 

Hek told that the department has received a sanction of Rs 75 crore from the state government for the purpose. 

“However, the funds will be available only for upgrading the available infrastructure like extension of a building or upgrading medical equipments in a health centre. No funding will be done for a new project,” the Health Minister said. 

Hek informed that this particular project has four phases and in the first phase an amount of Rs. 75 crore has been sanctioned. 

Meanwhile, the Health Minister also took up the issue of certain hospitals in the state denying treatment to patients due to the delay in getting COVID-19 test reports. 

Hek said that in certain cases patients had to wait for around 24 to 48 hours. 

“We have told that hospitals cannot deny treatment to patients, they should simultaneously treat them while waiting for COVID-19 reports,” he said.