RAT to be restarted at Banderdewa and Hollongi check gates from today

ITANAGAR, 19 Apr: All travellers entering the state capital will be tested for coronavirus by rapid antigen test (RAT) at the Banderdewa and Hollongi check gates from Tuesday, informed Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) DC Komkar Dulom.

Dulom directed ICR DMO Dr Mandip Perme to immediately set up the testing centres and deploy medical teams at the gates to perform the tasks.

Stating that the entry (of people) at the check gates will initially be regulated from 6 am to 10 pm, he asked Capital SP Jimmy Chiram to make necessary arrangements.

The DC, who convened a meeting with all stakeholders to work out modalities to contain the second wave of Covid-19, had a detailed discussion on home isolation protocol, protocol for public gathering, functioning of weekly markets, status of the DCH and CCCs, intra-state and inter-district movement of vehicles, etc, as per the new SOP.

He urged all to gear up and give their best as a team to ensure that no lacunae are observed while discharging their duties.

“All efforts should be made to contain the disease at the initial level,” Dulom said, and sought cooperation from everyone. He appealed to the capital’s residents to cooperate in the fight against Covid-19 by following precautions such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently.

Balijan ADC Tasso Gambo, ICR SDO Sangeeta Yirang, EAC Lod Takkar and Balijan EAC Marchina Boria also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Lower Subansiri district administration on Monday took several containment measures, including temporary closure of weekly markets in the district, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Chairing a meeting to work out an action plan for containing the second wave of Covid-19 in the district, Deputy Commissioner Somcha Lowang cautioned against complacency just because of the low Covid-19 positive cases in the state.

Stating that people should not let their guards down, the DC suggested to the shopkeepers and shop owners to adopt the ‘no mask, no sale policy’.

She called for carrying out intensive IEC activities to improve vaccination coverage and enforce Covid appropriate behaviour.

Presenting the district’s Covid-19 action plan, DMO Dr Tage Kanno said that mapping of positive cases and further isolation would be vital to contain the disease in the district.

Dr Kanno called for making the check gates and the district Covid-19 control room functional immediately.

“All the hotels, homestay facilities and resorts will mandatorily maintain a database of all the persons from outside the state in a format provided by the district surveillance team and provide a copy to the team on a daily basis,” he said.

Various other modalities, like compulsory wearing of masks, restricting public gatherings, enforcement of appropriate behaviour in letter and spirit in the educational institutions, management of CCCs and testing facilities, activating area-wise incident commanders, etc, were discussed in detail during the meeting.

ADC Millo Kojin, SDO B Tawsik, DDMO Nima Drema, members of the Bazaar Welfare Committee and others attended the meeting. (DIPROs)