CS reviews Covid-19 preparedness in Namsai, Pasighat

NAMSAI, 16 May: Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on Saturday visited Namsai district to review the measures taken by the district administration to combat the resurgence of the pandemic.

The CS took stock of the supply of oxygen and essential drugs, and availability of infrastructure and human resources needed to effectively manage the pandemic.

Kumar emphasized on accelerating the vaccination drive.

Namsai DC RK Sharma briefed the chief secretary on the district’s Covid-19 preparedness and its response to the situation.

Later, the chief secretary inspected the ongoing construction works at the district hospital, the DCHC, the CCC and the oxygen generation plant.

The meeting was attended by health and administrative officers of the district.

On Sunday, the chief secretary reviewed the preparedness for Covid management, the health infrastructure and the Covid-19 vaccination status of East Siang district.

Taking stock of the availability of medicines, test kits, oxygen generators, ventilators, manpower and other logistics, and the requirement of lifesaving medical equipment, the CS said that “additional testing facilities and health infrastructure need be ramped up to gear up for future requirements,” adding that “action plan proposals for upcoming months need to focus on further strengthening this aspect.”

He said fund for procurement would be provided “on top priority.”

Kumar said that the government norm of exempting BPL people and students from paying charges at Covid care centres must be followed in letter and spirit. He also stressed on telemedicine consultation and strengthening of the CHCs.

Taking stock of the law and order, the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and power supply, Kumar called for “adopting a zero tolerance policy for a drug-free East Siang and 100 percent target achievement under JJM by 2021.”

East Siang DC Dr Kinny Singh highlighted the Covid preparedness and management to flatten the curve in the district. She informed that “96 percent vaccination of 45 plus citizens has been completed in the ongoing vaccination drive,” and that 1,806 persons have been screened at the Ruksin check gate and the airport. She also apprised the CS of the status of active Covid cases, and informed that there is a “cumulative positivity rate of 4.9 percent,” and that 1,338 total tests have been done, while 12 rapid response teams for contact tracing have been formed.

BPGH&TC Joint DHS Dr Dukhum Raina informed about the functioning of the 48-bedded dedicated Covid hospital.

Among others, the meeting was attended by DMO Dr Kaling Dai, BPGH MS Dr YR Darrang, and DDMO G Tsomu. (DIPROs)