Shillong, Sept 16: Congress MLA, Zenith Sangma on Wednesday alleged failures of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government in the fight against COVID-19, while claiming that people from business houses from outside could enter the state and held regular meetings with the Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma.
“There was no road map and lack of coordination between the government and the district administrations in as far as handling the COVID-19 situation. The pandemic is a burning issue across the globe and because of this everybody is living on the edge. But in the context of Meghalaya, I could see a complete failure,” the Congress MLA from Rangsakono said.
He also alleged that the state government did not pay heed despite repeated requests to come up with proactive measures so that the state will be able to handle any kind of challenges and unforeseen situations due to the pandemic.
“There is lack of coordination and different administrations are having different ideas as far as fighting against the pandemic is concerned,” he said.
Sangma also informed that any patient referred to NEIGRIHMS or any referral centre, the patient party would not get an ambulance to travel from Garo Hills.
“We have been flagging this issue before the government because any ambulance coming from Tura to bring patients to Shillong, they have to compulsorily quarantine when they return to Garo Hills,” he said.
According to the MLA, patients have to get an ambulance from Goalpara in Assam.
“I had spoken to the Director of Health Services, but he is not aware of this. How can you bring an ambulance from Goalpara? This is clear that there is no proper road map,” he alleged.
He also alleged that the state government has constituted the COVID committees being headed by MLAs of different constituencies only when the situation is out of control now.
Alleging that people representing business houses could enter the state, the Opposition MLA said that now the government has made arrangements that if people come from outside the state, they need not take permission provided they go back and leave the state within 72 hours.
“Earlier without permission also they could enter the state and visit the secretariat,” Sangma pointed out.