SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday held a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners and Medical Officers of all the districts to take stock of the preparedness of the districts containing COVID- 19.
The Chief Minister during the meeting said that the situation in the world and other parts of the country is alarming and there is a need to be serious but without creating panic and discomfort to the people.
Conrad added that the participation of local headmen and the community and close monitoring of the situation in the State for the next 15 days is very crucial.
The meeting discussed mandatory screening and monitoring of people who come from outside the country and other parts of the country, setting up isolation wards, medical volunteers, stock of essential commodities, testing centres and the logistics and setting up of control rooms at the district and state levels.
The meeting also stressed the need to disseminate awareness of hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and social distancing.
Also present during the meeting were Minister of Health & Family Welfare AL Hek, Home Minister Lakhmen Rymbui and Minister for Food & Civil Supplies James K Sangma.
The Superintendent of Police has urged all owners/tenants of private houses/boarding houses/hostels, schools, colleges, universities, churches, mosques, temples and hospital authorities should report to the office if any foreigner stays/studies in their premises/institutions.
Moreover, the State government has issued directions that any person found hoarding, black-marketing or selling at a price higher than the maximum retail price of masks (2 ply & 3 ply surgical masks, N95 masks) and hand sanitizers shall be punishable under Section 3 of the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
This notification shall remain in force for a period up to June 30, 2020.