State Govt announces fresh restrictions to curb COVID-19 spread

Gangtok, 15 Jul (IPR): Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang chaired a high-level meeting at Samman Bhawan, Gangtok, today, to review the Covid-19 situation in the State and to deliberate on the way ahead.

The meeting had the presence and participation of Ministers, DGP, Additional Chief Secretaries, Heads of Departments, senior Government officials, District Collectors, Chief Medical Officers, Health Department officials, ADCs (Development), and officers of the Covid-19 Management Group.

The Chief Minister issued strict directives to the District Collectors, SPs, ADC Development and BDOs to ensure that strict measures are adopted to contain the spread of Covid-19 any further. He called for the need to review the containment measures. He further called for emphasis on home quarantine even for people who move out of their ward or village. He urged the District Administration to review the paid quarantine facilities for people entering the State through the inter-state borders. He further urged the Health Department officials to enhance mass testing.

The Chief Minister lauded the Health Department for successful implementation of the vaccination programme. He called for additional measures to ensure 100% coverage.

The Chief Minister directed the Tourism Department to facilitate smooth movement of tourists into the State, duly ensuring that all safety measures are strictly followed. Likewise, Labour Department and Police Department were directed to strictly monitor the movement of labour force into the State.

During the interactive session that followed, the District Collectors presented the status of Covid-19 in their respective districts.

Director, Health Services, Dr. Sonam T. Ethenpa apprised about the status of vaccination and testing. He informed that mobile testing will commence from next week.

Likewise, Chief Medical Officers of the four districts presented the statistics and ground situation under their respective jurisdiction.

Director General of Police, S.D. Negi and Special DGP, Law & Order, Akshay Sachdeva also provided their inputs during the meeting.

DG-cum-Secretary Health, Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia summed up the present scenario from the medical point of view. He shared statistics from the past few months and presented a comparative report. He also apprised about the steps being taken to enhance the existing health infrastructure, especially testing laboratories. He also presented the status of vaccination in the State.

Director, Panchayat, RDD, Prabhakar Rai presented a brief report of the activities being carried out by rural development functionaries to contain Covid-19.

DIG Range, Prawin Gurung also placed his suggestions in the meeting. He appealed to the line departments and concerned agencies to coordinate and cooperate with the Police for enforcement of the laid down rules and guidelines.

Likewise, ADCs (Development) of all the four districts also placed their feedback and suggestions in the meeting.

MS, STNM Hospital Dr. K.B. Gurung gave a brief outline of the case load in the Hospital and the level of preparedness.

General Manager, SNT, and Member Covid Management Group, Karma Namgyal Bhutia presented the status report of the availability of medical oxygen in the State. He also gave a brief background of the accomplishment of the State Government in commissioning the required medical oxygen for the State.