SDF reiterates demand for testing lab, wants govt to seek out expert advice

April 6, 2020

Gangtok, 05 Apr:

Sikkim Democratic Front spokesperson, MK Subba, has demanded that the State government immediately set up a COVID-19 testing facility.

While lashing out against the State Government for not having been able to set up such a testing facility in the State, he called on the Governor to intervene in the matter using his special discretionary powers and immediately set up a COVID-19 testing facility here.

Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, Mr Subba regretted that the State Government remains unable to establish this necessary facility and alleged that even in the recent video conference of Chief Ministers with the PM, the CM “totally failed” to properly address the testing facility issue and preferred instead to just repeat the preparations of the government.

The SDF spokesperson mentioned that the Prime Minister has been asserting on the need for testing, tracing and quarantine to address COVID-19, but the CM failed to make the appeal to the PM.

He reiterated his party’s allegation that the State government has not been able to strictly follow provisions of the Disaster Management Act and this was why the State still did not have a COVID-19 testing lab.

Mr Subba also demanded that the State government immediately constitute an expert medical advisory committee comprising of doctors from private and government hospitals and retired doctors to give medical advice to the government on COVID-19.

He further demanded that the government immediately set up an expert economic advisory committee to help it decide how to provide relief to different sections of the society and in preparing a memorandum to petition the Centre to provide economic relief to the State.

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