State to get 11 ambulances with life support from DoNER, says Meghalaya CM

Regarding funds, CM Sangma said that funds are never enough, and the government has to make choices as there are limited resources.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the state will get 11 ambulances with life support from the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER).

Speaking to reporters after an Assembly review meeting on Monday, he said, “Through the DoNER ministry, we will be getting 11 of them with life-support.”

He recalled that during the first wave of COVID; it was more of transportation of people and there were few serious cases that needed oxygen support and hence the focus was not much in the first phase but in the second phase; the government has ensured that the ambulances have a life support system.

Asked about the expenditure, he said that it could be anything between Rs 18 lakh to 20 lakh whivh is the cost of the vehicle and from Rs 3 lakh to 6 lakh will be the investment of the machines.

Regarding funds, Chief Minister Sangma said that funds are never enough, and the government has to make choices as there are limited resources.

Opposition leader Mukul Sangma  

Congress leader Mukul Sangma questioned why the ventilators provided to different hospitals and health facilities were not operationalized and said that trained manpower should be present.

He also criticized that none of the districts have ambulances with basic life support system and advanced life support system.

“We have been assured that new ambulances with advanced life support equipment will be purchased for every district. It should have been done a long time ago,” he said.

Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh

Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Metbah Lyngdoh said that there are many suggestions given by the legislators and a presentation on COVID-19 was given to the legislators while also urging the people to join in the mission to fight COVID.

Dry ration for PLHIV

He also informed that the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society has also given a proposal to the Meghalaya Legislators Forum on HIV and AIDS on distributing dry rations to those people living with HIV.

As of now, those who are regular in taking medications are 1574 and 202 children and nutritional support will be given to them as well.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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