Meghalaya CM inspects Corona Isolation Centre

Shillong, Mar 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday inspected the “Corona Isolation Centre” at Indian Insitute of Management- Shillong and at Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute in Mawdiangdiang.

The two isolation centre will be able to accommodate 300 plus people. These isolation centres will be used for patients who would require medical attention.

During his visit, Sangma was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui and a host of health department officials.

So far, not a single case of COVID-19 has been detected in Meghalaya, even as more than 80 blood samples tested negative at the government-owned North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) super-specialty hospital.

Tynsong said more than 3000 returnees to the state are under voluntary self-quarantine at home.

“Health officials and health workers are in constant touch with them (returnees) tracking their well-being,” he informed.

Noting that government is “equipped” to deal with the situation, Tynsong informed that 39 life-saving ventilators are in place and another 24 are on their way to the state.

Sangma said that the isolation centres are in compliance with the advisory protocols.

“The required manpower has been trained for the purpose, and all necessary preparedness is being put up in place in case of any emergency situation that may arise. Mock drills will also be conducted in these centres,” he said.

Chief Minister along with senior officials of the Government is visiting Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills on Saturday to review the state’s preparedness in the western region of the state.

During his visit, Sangma will inspect the SMELC building, which has been designated as the “Isolation Centre” in Tura.

“I will hold review meeting with officials of Garo Hills on logistics, particularly on supply of essential food items across Garo Hills,” the Chief Minister added.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister informed that Deputy Chief Minister Tynsong and two other cabinet ministers James Sangma and Rymbui has been designated to oversee the preparedness across the three region of the State by coordinating with local legislators, administration, NGOs, religious leaders, civil societies, etc.