SHILLONG: Former Health Minister and advisor to the Chief Minister, AL Hek has stated that it will be difficult to handle a third wave of COVID-19 keeping in mind the new variant Omicron, if all the requirements of the health department are not reviewed at the earliest.
Hek made the statement after some people have been infected with the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, which is reportedly more contagious then the Delta variant.
"Even during my tenure as health minister, there were many things which needed to be improved in the health department and we need to make sure everything is in place and all requirements are met keeping in mind COVID-19 and the surge of cases in the last couple of weeks," Hek told The Sentinel.
He also said that as the virus will be here for some time, there is an urgent need to construct COVID-19 hospitals and not makeshift hospital.
The Centre had also asked various State governments to construct COVID-19 hospitals as cases are increasing with the emergence of the new Omicron variant.
"Makeshift hospitals are useless and the government should turn an eye to the health sector at this time because we need to be ready for the third wave," he said.