Meghalaya govt to strengthen entry points to fight COVID-19
The state government has assured that the entry points will be strengthened in an effort to fight COVID-19.
Addressing a press briefing called by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said that the government has requested all respective local MLAs to share the responsibility with the government in fighting against COVID-19.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that there were many suggestions made by the MLAs and the entry point was discussed at length.
"The suggestion made by the honourable MLAs today was that we needed to create more rooms at the entry points for collection of samples of every individual who entered the state and that we have agreed. We are going to strengthen wherever necessary for the manpower of the entry points," he said.
He said that the government has urged the MLAs to request the individuals in and around Shillong that they should get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible, which was agreed by all the MLAs.
The other decision they took was to reactivate the constituency-wise COVID-19 Management committees which were already notified last year.
"We have decided to reactivate these committees in the respective constituencies where they will have regular review meetings at their level. And in case if need be they will accordingly inform the government of any necessary help relating to the fight against COVID-19, "Tynsong said.
Replying to queries about the vaccine, the Deputy Chief Minister sought to dispel negative perceptions about getting vaccinated.
He said, "Can you please tell me what is the percentage of those people who get positive after getting two doses of injections. In fact, we do not have that figure."
After getting vaccinated, Tynsong said that the impact of the virus is reduced.
He added, "I would like to be blunt. Nothing will happen and please get yourself vaccinated."
Congress MLAs PT Sawkmie, Mohendro Rapsang, Ampareen Lyngdoh, People’s Democratic Front (PDF) Hamlet Dohling, and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), Adelbert Nongrum, were among the others who attended the meeting.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)