KOKRAJHAR: As the COVID positivity rate is gradually increasing in Chirang district, based on the order recently issued by the State Health and Family Welfare department, the Chirang district administration is all set to form constituency-wise containment zones and VCDC or Village-level containment zones in the district for proper management of the COVID-19 situation.
In this regard, an emergent meeting was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Chirang, Narendra Kumar Shah in the conference hall of Chirang Deputy Commissioner's office on Monday in the presence of MLAs of Sidli (ST) LAC and Bijni LAC Jayanta Basumatary and Ajay Roy, in the active participation of all district heads of the departments. In the beginning, Additional Deputy Commissioner Nirmali Baruah informed that Constituency-wise Containment Zone would be constituted with the local MLA as chairperson, all Circle Officers/BDOs either as member secretaries or members, CDPOs, OCs of Police Stations, SDMHO and Deputy Superintendent of CHCs/PHCs within the constituency as members.
Purpose of Constituency-wise COVID Containment Zones
"The main aim of forming these committees is to isolate the COVID infected persons from the community so as to contain further spread of coronavirus. The VCDC or Village Containment Zone will decide in case of persons recommended for home isolation or local COVID care centre. Moreover, all the problems related to COVID arising in the villages will be looked after by the VCDC or Village-level COVID committees," the Deputy Commissioner said, adding, "A government functionary will be appointed as in-charge for each such committees." Deputy Commissioner Shah instructed the Circle Officers to set up a COVID care centre in village level comprising maximum three villages if there is less positive cases.
The meeting also discussed regarding identification of available facilities at village areas for setting up of VCDC or Village level COVID Care Centres (CCC) and forming of district infrastructure committees. He said, "We are also working out to identify the facilities available in all villages and for this purpose, the Circle Officers concerned have been asked to identify such facilities as well as to form infrastructure committees involving departments like PWD, PHE, APDCL, BDOs, health and other departments to address all the problems like electricity, drinking water, toilet and other basic amenities of the containment zones."
MLAs of Sidli and Bijni, Jayanta Basumatary and Ajay Roy asked the district and subdivisional administration to give all possible help to the COVID patients staying in institutional COVID care centres and home isolation. Sharing their phone numbers, they assured of extending helping hands to the district administration at all times in the fight against COVID-19.