Tuki urges govt to step up vaccination drive

ITANAGAR, 5 May: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki urged Chief Minister Pema Khandu to step up the vaccination drive by covering all those uncovered group (18-44 years) and opening more vaccination centres across the state.

“I am extremely concerned about the daily surge in (Covid) cases in Arunachal Pradesh, which needs an urgent action from your end,” Tuki wrote to Khandu on Wednesday.

The APCC president urged him to ensure availability of beds, ICUs, oxygen and ventilators for patients and adequate supply of PPE kits, medical devices, such as oximeters and other life-saving drugs in both government and private hospitals.

He said oxygen plants should be set up at TRIHMS, RK Mission and other hospitals in the districts to meet the demands.

To avoid crowding at health centres, Tuki urged the CM to devise a mechanism to collect samples from homes or collection centres close to the communities.

The former minister said that the community halls, hostels, hotels etc can be converted into Covid care centres, if required, with deployment of doctors and nurses.

Stating that lockdown is an effective measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, Tuki, however, said the government should ensure the availability of food and essential items in all the administrative headquarters before it is enforced.

The APCC president said that tele-medicine facilities should be provided to the patients in home isolation, along with free rations during the period of home isolation.

Tuki suggested financial packages for those who are badly affected by Covid-19 pandemic and regular remuneration with health insurance for the frontline workers engaged in Covid-19 duty.

He also suggested Khandu to launch intensive campaigns against all forms of stigma associated with Covid-19 and build trust to enable effective and timely contact tracing and quarantining.

“The Indian National Congress party in the state is ready to extend all kinds of support and co-operation to the state government in fighting one of the biggest battles of our lifetimes. Together, we shall surely overcome this nightmare pandemic,” Tuki said.