Guwahati: When states like Kerala, Assam have all been praised for their Covid-19 fighting models, Meghalaya is implementing a new behaviour change model to drive out the virus from the state.
A two-day Master Training of Trainers for Meghalaya has been organised by the Health and Family Welfare Department for the officials of all government departments on Behaviour Change for Covid-19, and the programme was inaugurated today by the Meghalaya Chief Secretary, M.S Rao at Yojana Bhavan Auditorium in the Secretariat Building in Shillong.
"Meghalaya is doing very well in containing the spread of Covid-19 and it is one of the states in the country having the least number of active cases," said Rao, speaking on the occasion. He urged the citizens of the state to strictly follow the health protocols. Optimistic about the outcomes of the training programme he said, "I hope that the master trainers will be able to reach out to all people especially the vulnerable ones."
The programme was also attended by the Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Sampath Kumar, Joint Secretary of Health and Family Welfare cum Mission Director, NHM, Ram Kumar and many other dignitaries and officers from various government departments.
The topics for the technical sessions included an introduction to Covid-19, the current status of the situation at global and national levels, how to cope with life in COVID times, some common myths, taking care at home and FAQ's, taking care in the workplace, behavioural change model to live with COVID and introduction to the training mobile application.
The resource persons for the day were Dr.N.Roy, SMO, WHO, Dr.M.Marbaniang, SSO, IDSP, Dr.S.Kharkongor, Training Coordinator, NHM, M.Nongpiur and P.Hadem, officials from NIC.
It needs mention here that Meghalaya has so far reported 55 COVID-19 cases, out of which 12 cases are active.