Meghalaya: No assumption or presumption regarding new COVID variant, says Dr Aman War
Director DHS (MI) Aman War said that no assumption or presumption can be made regarding the new COVID variant.
Speaking to a section of the media, War said, “Cannot say about COVID variant, it is still COVID-19 for us. Until that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) says that the variant has come to Meghalaya, then only we can say that. No assumption and no presumption.”
Echoing Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, he said that the situation is grim and it will get grimmer in the days to come and has urged people to not allow to be multi-fold.
"Let us take all the precautions and follow all the instructions as given by the government," War said.
There are around 200 vaccination centres in the state as of now and will increase as per the immunization schedule.
He said that the severity may be a little more than it what was before if it infects people who are not vaccinated.
In a message to the people, Dr War said, "Do not allow cases to increase. The surge of cases will put a strain on what we are having now. As of now we are ok."
Asked if the restrictions imposed will lead to a decline, he said, "Measures are taken that there should be a decline. We believe that there should be a decline and citizens should take care as well."
War, however, maintained that the more manpower, the better but it will all depend on the financial status.
Commissioner and Secretary Health department, Sampath Kumar said that the government is taking steps to place orders of the vaccines.
Health Minister A.L. Hek said that resources will have to be well ensured that it will be sufficient.
"We have to take care and there is no way out. We have to get the vaccines anyhow. If we have to reach a stage where we have to buy, we will do so," he said.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)