Gangtok, 24 May:
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha has appealed to the people of Sikkim not to get wrapped up in fear or panic, but stay united and disciplined to be able handle the situation of COVID-19 having arrived in the State sensibly. He reassured that the state government was adequately prepared and its priority has always been the well-being of the people.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday afternoon, the SKM spokesperson, political secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling, stated that the state government was able to keep Sikkim free from COVID-19 for a long time thanks to the hard work of the State frontline workers and support of the people of Sikkim.
Now that the State’s first COVID-19 case has been confirmed, it was time to stay even more united and disciplined, he stressed.
“The state government is well prepared for any situation and has established all required facilities, manpower and medicines,” he said, while adding that people can be assured of the best healthcare facilities and care.
He added that the patient was stable and improving.
Mr Khaling added that the department has already begun elaborate contact-tracing and testing and confident of containing the virus, something it has been preparing for a while now.
He also took note of the incident in Rabongla where the support staff of the quarantine facility where the COVID-19 patient was staying deserting their posts. The situation has been resolved, he said and added that after receiving conselling, the support staff which had been volunteering at the centre have returned.
He mentioned that district administration officials and medical teams were also present in Rabongla.
Responding to media queries on whether the government will review the lockdown relaxations in light of the latest development, he informed that a high-level meeting has been called for Tuesday to discuss the issue between the State Task Force and stakeholders.
On the demand of student’s organization to the government not to reopen schools and colleges, he informed that the government will also review on the matter to take the right decision for the betterment of the education sector in the state and also for safety of students.
About the situation in Maharastra where some Sikkimese are still stranded, he informed that the State Government has not been provided a train to bring them back yet and that the evacuation will be undertaken the moment a train is made available.