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Meghalaya CM visits Williamnagar in East Garo Hills to check Covid preparedness

The Meghalaya CM said that the next few weeks will be challenging and urged citizens to remain alert and not to panic

Meghalaya CM

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Jun 2020 11:17 AM GMT

Guwahati: Amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today reviewed the virus preparedness at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills district and visited institutional quarantine centres.

He also inaugurated the Corona Care Centre at Williamnagar and the solar lighting facilities made available at the centre funded by CSR initiative of SELCO foundation. During his visit, Sangma interacted with the inmates of the quarantine centre and encouraged them to follow all necessary protocols.

Under the initiative of the DC of East Garo Hills Swapnil Tembe, the Chief Minister also distributed General Knowledge books to the persons undergoing quarantine to help them sharpen their mental faculties during the period.

During his day-long visit, Sangma was accompanied by Government Chief Whip Marcuise Marak, the MLA of Rongjeng and Transport Chairman, Jim M Sangma and the Co-Chairman of Meghalaya Resource Mobilisation, S B Sangma.

"Next few weeks will be challenging as we expect stranded citizens return home. We have to remain alert and should not panic if we have positive cases," the Chief Minister said during his meeting with the officials of the administration and the health department.

He also urged the district administration to protect the elderly people and to be ready for the 'new normal' Covid-19 life post lockdown. Sangma further informed the officials that investment in health sector is vital and government is working towards ramping up health care services across the State. He also informed that ambulances will be made available across the State in different health care facilities.

He also visited the Civil Hospital in Williamnagar and inspected the facilities. At Tura, the Chief Minister visited several community quarantine centres and persons undergoing home quarantine at Matchakolgre, Rongkhon, Araimile, Jerusalem and Te'teng Aja.

It is pertinent to mention here that moments after reporting a recovery on Wednesday, Meghalaya has registered one more Covid-19 positive case. With this, the tally in the state once again rose to 17. While 13 patients have been discharged so far, a lone patient in the state has died from the Covid-19 in Meghalaya.

With India reporting 8,908 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus infections in India crossed the 2 lakh-mark to reach 2,07,614 on Wednesday. This includes 5,815 deaths and 1,00,302 cured/ discharged. As many as 217 people have died in the last 24 hours across the country.

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