Covid situation in ICR under control, says Libang

ITANAGAR, 19 Jul: Health Minister Alo Libang has claimed that the Covid-19 situation is still under control in the Itanagar capital region (ICR) despite the high positivity rate.

Libang said this while speaking to the media at the DCH in Chimpu on Monday while receiving a consignment of Thai lemons from Green Gold group chairman Likha Maj, who provided it free of cost to the DCH.

Libang said the health department is following the mantra of conducting a high number of tests in order to isolate the infected people. “We are further planning to increase the number of tests

being conducted. The more the tests, the more it becomes easier to identify infected people and get them necessary treatment,” said the minister.

He also said that the bed occupancy at the DCH in Chimpu and the DCHC in Midpu is still low. “The situation is under control and there is nothing to worry about. The micro-containment zone measures should be strictly followed. The public themselves should voluntarily help the district administration by following containment measures and Covid-appropriate behaviour,” he added.

Libang thanked Maj for donating the Thai lemons, and commended the help extended by various NGOs and individuals in the battle against Covid-19.

TRIHMS Director Dr Moji Jini, who was also present, informed that 210 beds are ready at the DCH in Chimpu.

“At present, 60 patients are admitted. We have one 500 lpm and another 180 lpm, making a total of 680 lpm oxygen plants. There are 250 jumbo cylinders for backup. We have placed the need for a 1,000 lpm oxygen plant here at the DCH,” informed Dr Jini.

He said that 220 beds are being readied at TRIHMS, Naharlagun, with central oxygen supply facilities.

“Right now, the furnishing is going on.  We have a 2,200 lpm oxygen plant at TRIHMS and there is a plan for a liquid oxygen plant. The health department is ready for the third and the fourth waves,” added Dr Jini.

On the issue of lockdown, Dr Jini said it is the last resort used by the government. “As of now, the situation is under control, but if cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the government will have to impose a lockdown. This can be avoided if people cooperate by following all the SOPs. It is now upto the public to stop the imposition of lockdown,” he said.

Maj said he would extend all possible help to the health department in the fight against Covid-19.