Gangtok, 05 April:
The first batch of essential medical commodities for Sikkim arrived in the State on Saturday aboard an Indian Air Force helicopter after an Air India cargo flew it in to Bagdogra from New Delhi.
Announcing the receipt of the consignment, Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay], wrote on his Facebook page: “Despite the shortage in the market, our Government contacted various suppliers and transferred the consignment from Mumbai via New Delhi and Bagdogra. We assure you that our Government will do everything possible to ensure that all the essential items are available for our people. This will help our frontline workers to be more efficient against our fight with COVID-19. The safety of every Sikkimese is our priority and we will take every necessary step to ensure that.”
The consignment consisted of 165 boxes containing 5,098 Personal Protection Equipment kits, 10,000 N95 masks, 2.24 lakh 3-ply masks, 300 disposable gowns and 3,000 VTM kits.
This consignment was received here by Principal Secretary, Health Department, K Shrinivasulu, and Director General/ Secretary, Dr PT Bhutia and other officials and staff of Health Department at Libing Helipad, Gangtok.
Addressing a press conference, the Health Department Principal Secretary remarked that the arrival of these medical supplies would further strengthen the efforts and preparations of the State government against COVID-19.
He thanked the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and Residential Commissioner in Delhi for playing a big role in bringing this consignment to Sikkim.
He assured that the State already had the necessary health equipment and facilities and that this supply would further strengthen Sikkim’s preparation against COVID-19.
He also appealed to the people not to panic and strictly follow directions of the government for the lockdown.
He informed that a virus research lab under provisions of Department of Health Research - Indian Council of Medical Research [ICMR] will be set up soon at STNM Hospital complex at Gangtok.