BISWANATH CHARIALI: State Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta on Tuesday visited Biswanath and reviewed the COVID scenario of the district. Chairing a high-level meeting with the local MLAs, Deputy Commissioner and other top administrative as well as health officials at the DC's conference hall, Mahanta took stock of the situation and measures being taken by the administration to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister asked the administration to take all possible steps to ensure that death rate slows down soon. He said there should not be any delay in detecting positive cases and providing required treatment to them. "We will have to bring the death rate down at any cost. For that, the only way out is to provide timely treatment to positive patients. We will have to efficiently work on detecting positive cases at the earliest through testing so that required treatment starts immediately," said Mahanta.
The minister also instructed formation of constituency-level COVID monitoring committees under the chairmanship of the local MLAs within 3-4 days. He said that such committees should work to find out the real COVID scenario in the interiors and help the administration cater to those places effectively.
Prior to chairing the meeting, the minister visited Gohpur's Subdivisional Civil Hospital and oversaw the medical facilities therein. Thereafter, the minister came to Biswanath Chariali town and visited the Biswanath Chariali Civil Hospital. He enquired about the condition of patients admitted at hospital and also the facilities being extended to them. Later, he also inspected the site for the proposed medical college in Biswanath Chariali town.
The minister during his visit was accompanied by Tezpur MP Pallab Lochan Das, Gohpur MLA Mr. Utpal Borah, Biswanath MLA Promod Borthakur, Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika and other officials.