GUWAHATI: Sikkim is doing a commendable job in combating COVID-19, said LR Vishwanath, Head of Department, Directorate General, North East Zone, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He was addressing a webinar highlighting the good practices on COVID management done by States like Sikkim, so that the other States may implement such strategies to fight against the pandemic. The webinar was organized by Press Information Bureau (PIB), Guwahati on Thursday on the topic 'Effective COVID Management in Sikkim — an exemplary effort'.
Talking about the effectiveness of webinars during such a crisis situation, Vishwanath said that it is a very good communication strategy environment where the key people like policy decision makers, people who develop communication strategy and people who implement policies as well as the journalists come together and discuss various issues related to the current crisis situation which helps further to disseminate those to the common people, stated a release.
He also informed that PIB is organizing a series of webinars on COVID-19 to sensitize the journalists as to how effectively the north-eastern States are managing the present crisis situation.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, all necessary precautionary measures were taken by the Sikkim Government from the very beginning which helped the State to handle the crisis situation effectively to a large extent, said Sunny Kharel, Under Secretary, Coordination (COVID-19), Government of Sikkim, while delivering his keynote address in the webinar. He spoke extensively on the strategies taken by the Sikkim Government to control the spread of the COVID-19. He informed that more than 6,50,000 screenings have been done so far in the State. As a preventive measure, the Sikkim Government also stopped entry of tourists to the State in the very beginning which helped a lot in the fight against the pandemic.
Dr C Lalmuansangkimi, Assistant professor, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, enlightened the participants about the 'Communication Strategy for Effective COVID Management'.
Puran Tamang, Editor of the 'Summit Times' and Joseph Lepcha, president of the Press Club of Sikkim as key speakers in the webinar spoke about 'Utilization of Social media in spreading awareness on COVID-19 in Sikkim' and 'Proper management of returnees help in controlling spread of COVID-19 in Sikkim" respectively.
Keerti Tiwari, Joint Director, PIB, Guwahati delivered the welcome speech and Gopajit Das, Media & Communication Officer, PIB, Shillong moderated the Webinar, the release added.