Protocols for elderly citizens in Meghalaya issued

Shillong May 20: The Meghalaya government has issued protocols to all deputy commissioners and district medical health officers (DMHOs) which they should reach out to all 7000 community COVID-19 management committees for advising elderly people to take proper care and protection in view of the spread of coronavirus.

“During the review meeting, it was decided that protocols for elderly persons who are 60 years and above, be issued to all the DCs, and DMHOs. The same protocols should reach the 7000 plus community COVID-19 management committees. These elderly citizens should be advised especially those suffering from diabetes and BP to take proper care and protection. The committee needs to go to each and every household, and the protocols will be handed over to the elderly people how to protect themselves,” deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong said on Wednesday.

On opening of shops, Tynsong said that except in areas within Shillong Agglomeration, an order was issued allowing shops to remain open in rural areas including tea and rice stalls.

However tea and rice stalls on national highways are not allowed to open, he said.

Meanwhile Shillong and Tura have been declared orange zones,

Tynsong said that Shillong which has no positive case, and Tura which has one active positive case, are orange zones.

Health minister, A L Hek said that the latest COVID-19 positive patient from Tura got infected after returning from Tamil Nadu.

Hek informed that out of 3354 samples collected and sent for test, 3158 tested negative and the results awaited 192.

Meghalaya recorded 14 positive cases including one deceased, and 12 have recovered.

Contact tracing of the latest positive patient is going on.

Hek also said that in the contact tracing details till May 13, there were 307 high risk contacts and 1106 low risk contacts.

“There were 7100 entrants from outside the state till Wednesday and 6769 of them have been visited in their respective homes by the health workers,” Hek said.