Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has designated the lone medical college & hospital of the State – Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Science (TRIHMS) as the COVID-19 hospital, to deal with all cases related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was taken by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday while chairing a meeting of the State Task Force on COVID-19 here, which was attended by TRIHMS and State government health officials.
The Chief Minister suggested that other hospitals in the State capital like the Rama Krishna Mission Hospital (RKMH) will take over the responsibility to take care of routine health issues of the people.
Pointing out that it was encouraging that not a single COVID-19 positive case has been detected in the State yet, Khandu however, cautioned against complacency and said everybody, especially the health department, has to remain on their toes for any eventuality, an official communique informed.
“We have to be well prepared for any kind of mass outbreak of the disease, which has no cure yet and put all our resources to tackle any kind of emergency situation. Therefore, it is but necessary for us to have a separate hospital with adequate facilities to deal with the pandemic,” Khandu asserted.
He requested TRIHMS authorities to share manpower and expertise of the college in the fight against the virus.
Expressing grave concern over the reported supply of poor quality Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to doctors and health workers, the chief minister informed that the supplied PPEs have been withdrawn and the government has ordered fresh procurement.
“We will not compromise with safety of our frontline workers and legal action has been initiated against the defaulters,” he said.
Khandu stressed that all PPE consignments must be vetted by a technical team before disbursement to the health workers.
Appealing the people not to panic but stay at home, the Chief Minister said the state government is in constant touch with its Assam counterpart and ensuring free and timely flow of essential commodities.
“As there’s no cure for the disease, prevention through social distancing is the only way out. I appeal all to take the lockdown seriously and stay at their homes. We will ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities,” Khandu asserted.