Incoming flight, bus, train passengers and truck drivers must be tested: CM Sonowal
Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today held a meeting with the health department, disaster management, police and concerned officials to review the current COVID19 situation in the state and prepare the action plan for tackling the same at his official residence in the city. Principal Secretary of Health Department Samir Kumar Sinha gave a PowerPoint presentation on the prevailing situation and steps taken so far to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
The Chief Minister was apprised that the number of hospital beds in every district has been increased in anticipation of rising cases while Remdesivir medicine, oxygen cylinders etc have been stocked adequately. CEO of ASDMA G.D. Tripathi also informed the Chief Minister about steps taken by the department to manage the situation. He also highlighted the need to impose restrictions in the districts where a number of cases have risen to more than a hundred to prevent mass gatherings.
Sonowal directed the Chief Secretary to prepare each district to fight the pandemic while instructing the DGP to strictly maintain COVID19 protocols and prevent mass gatherings. He also laid stress on making the people aware about wearing masks, maintain cleanliness and asked the concerned departments to ramp up COVID19 tests at the bus, truck terminuses while making tests of truck drivers coming from outside compulsory at the Srirampur and Chagolia gates.
Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma was also present in the meeting and he instructed the health department officials to start a helpline for various Cornavirus consultations and problems.
It is to be mentioned that the key decisions taken in today’s meeting would be made public in the press meet to be addressed by Chief Secretary and DGP on Tuesday.
Media Adviser to the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami, Principal Secretary of Home Department Niraj Verma, Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) G.P Singh were also present in the meeting.
It may further be mentioned that as on April 19, as many as 1,367 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected out of 65,410 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.