Dibrugarh: Assam State Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday laid stress on maintaining social distance to prevent the COVID-19 coronavirus from spreading.
During a meeting held with the Principal and doctors of Assam Medical College and Hospital in the AMCH auditorium, he said people in the district were still not taking the situation seriously, and asked the district administration to take steps to ensure social distancing. Reiterating that the best way to fight coronavirus was refraining people from taking part in social gatherings, he also appealed to the doctors to make people aware about the various precautions to be taken keeping in view the seriousness of the present situation due to Novel Coronavirus. In the meeting, he also directed the Dibrugarh district administration to ensure strict compliance of home quarantine guidelines by people who have a recent travel history to COVID-19 affected areas. In the meeting, he also reviewed facilities available in the isolation wards set up in AMCH and other hospitals in the district. He also appealed to the doctors to be mentally prepared to attend patients affected by Novel Coronavirus and advised them to maintain maximum cleanliness and hygiene at AMCH campus. In the meeting, the Health Minister also reviewed the testing facilities available in the ICMR-RMRC for COVID -19 and directed ICMR-RMRC authorities to conduct random community tests in some parts of the district in consultation with the district administration. Earlier, he also reviewed the screening provisions set up at Dibrugarh airport to screen passengers for COVID-19 cases.
The review meeting was also attended by Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan, Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Samir Sinha, Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha, Additional Deputy Commissioners Susanta Kumar Dutta and Dipu Kumar Deka, Principal of AMCH, Dr. Hiranya Kr Goswami and Superintendent of AMCH, Dr. Indra Chutia and others.