LAKHIMPUR: Keshab Mahanta, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Information Technology, visited Lakhimpur on Tuesday in order to take stock of the COVID-19 situation of the district.
During the visit, the minister inspected the Lakhimpur Medical College and Hospital (LMCH) which is under construction at present. He assessed the progress of the construction work of LMCH. Then he inaugurated the Virology Laboratory of the medical institution in the presence of Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, Lakhimpur MLA Manab Deka, Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur, Sumit Sattawan and other high-level officers of the Health Department. With the inauguration of the Virology Laboratory, the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR) Test for the detection of COVID-19 patients can be conducted in Lakhimpur from this day onwards without sending the swab samples to Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh. Interacting with the media persons, the minister said that the COVID-19 vaccination drive was going on smoothly in the State as per availability of the same.
COVID-19 Vaccination situation in Lakhimpur
"The vaccination drive is going on. It has not stopped. From the second week of June, more vaccines will be available," the minister asserted. Then the minister held a COVID-19 review meeting with the district administration in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner's office in the presence of MP Pradan Baruah, MLA Manab Deka, Deputy Commissioner Sumit Sattawan, Superintendent of Police, Joint Director of Health Services, Additional Deputy Commissioners, Circle Officers, Medical Officers and National Health Mission Officers of the district. In the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner presented a detailed report on the COVID-19 situation of the district along with the precautionary measures adopted and executed by the district administration and Health Department. The minister called upon the district administration, medical officers, health workers to lay stress on generating a cordial relationship with the COVID-19 patients and their families in order to develop confidence in them. He asserted that COVID-19 could be cured with early detection and timely treatment.
Further, the minister instructed the District Health Department to conduct COVID-19 test aggressively to detect the infected cases to curb the contagion. He also reviewed the supply of medicines and adequate food items, essential commodities to the patients and other people in home isolation and in the containment zones. He further instructed the Public Health and Engineering Department to administer sanitation drives in the COVID-19 infected areas and containment zones.