COVID-19: MP Agatha attends meeting to discuss precautionary measures

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Shillong, May 1: A Meeting to plan and discuss necessary steps to be taken post lockdown was held at District Auditorium, Tura where Member of the Parliament, Tura Parliamentary Constituency, Agatha Sangma, MLA, Selsella Assembly Constituency F C A Sangma, Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, Chairman Tura Municipal Board, J D Sangma, Superintendent of Police, West Garo Hills, Dr. M G R Kumar, CEO, Tura Municipal Board, R Ch Sangma, members of the Church, Development Committee members and citizens of the district attended the meeting.

Speaking during the meeting, Agatha Sangma expressed her appreciation to the District Administration and all others involved in handling the situation so far in the district for the containment of the disease which needs to be continued, adding that it is the responsibility of everyone to cooperate for the containment and prevent the spread of the disease in the district. She said that the meeting is very important since we need to plan and formulate what steps to take post lockdown because the disease is not going to end and we still need to follow necessary advisories even though the lockdown may be lifted in the coming days.

Mentioning about the IEC activities of the district, she said that even though it is being done widely but, she urged the concerned authorities to sensitized the people aggressively about hand hygiene, wearing of mask, social distancing among others which needs to be continued since various activities are likely to resume once lockdown is lifted.

Further, in order to maintain cleanliness in the area, she suggested that the Tura Municipal Board continues to carry out proper waste disposal and sanitize the town area every now and then and also mentioned about the adequate supply of water because water is very essential in this situation where people need to follow certain advisories like frequent hand washing, health hygiene, etc. Moreover, she also suggested to call for a meeting with the School Principals before opening of the schools in the district.

During the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh informed that the meeting was necessary in order to discuss matters relating post lockdown and said that there is COVID Management Committee in every locality comprising of Executive Magistrates, Medical Officer, ASHAs, Anganwadis including the relief team who would be monitoring their respective localities. He also informed that about 650 people stranded outside have registered and will be coming to the district after 4th May, 2020. However, he said that nobody can enter without permission and that the entry points have been set up at Tikrikilla and Bajendoba where people should follow entry protocol like health check up and testing by medical officers, present travel history and undertake strict quarantine which would be monitored through IVRS, mandatory mobile app and geo tracing, district ISDP monitoring, etc. With regard to the apprehensions faced in some localities earlier, he said that the people coming from outside are not necessarily positive cases and urged everyone not to stigmatise them since they would be undergoing necessary protocol as directed by the Ministry of Health department.

Informing that certain provisions would be relaxed in the district post lockdown, but, he cautioned that necessary advisories should be continued and added that other precautionary measures will depend on the notification issued by the State Government.

Stating that it is the responsibility of everyone to prevent the disease, the Superintendent of Police, Dr. M G R Kumar said that even though strict action is not being taken at the moment but, however all activities of the people are being monitored closely and cautioned that violators of the order with regard to COVID-19 will be dealt with once the disease subside. He further advised everyone not to come out unless it is necessary and to use cloth face mask, maintain social distancing amongst others and to make use of the helpline numbers available 24X7 if need arises.

With regard to the query posed by the Pastor, Tura Baptist Church Reverend W R Marak for resuming of Sunday church services, Ram Singh informed that it would depend on the directives issued by the State Government soon.

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