SDF to send comprehensive report on StateGovt’s Covid management lapses to GOI


SUMMIT REPORT

Gangtok, 13 Jan: Sikkim Democratic Front has demanded that a comprehensive report of what it sees as “management lapses” in Covid management by the State Government will be sent to the Government

of India. An SDF press release informs that the party’s chief spokesperson, MK Subba, addressed a video press conference to announce this decision and elaborated a series of lapses recorded by the

party in how the SKM Government has managed the pandemic in Sikkim. Mr Subba leveled several charges of lapses in mitigation & containment planning by the State Government and reiterated how the SDF has been suggesting and demanding course corrections since March last year. The delay in setting

up a Covid-testing lab, erratic policy on testing and charging people for such tests, failure to increase

the number of tests conducted daily despite community spread and lack of clarity on why fatalities were so high in Sikkim, and disinterested and disconnected human resource management and hiring were some of the points raised by Mr Subba. He also shared statistical details of how infections and fatalities

spiked without any apparent change how the pandemic was being managed here. “Sikkim remains in

the bottom of the table with respect to the establishment of testing centers, Covid-19 facilities i/c Designated CovidHospital, the Fatality rate, the Covid-19 emergency fund,” SDF has contended.

Mr Subba also alleges that the State Task Force has never corresponded with the Central Government with regard to upscaling and enhancing measures to contain and mitigate Covid-19 in Sikkim.

“Also noted in the public domain is that the Govt. of Sikkim never constituted any expert committee to guide the medical preparedness of Sikkim against Covid-19 and bring awareness amongst the general public against the never seen before scale of Covid-19 induced pandemic in Sikkim,” he adds.

About the vaccination drive which begins soon, SDF has stressed that the State Government should adhere to the laid down guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare “so that all the various sections of the people of Sikkim are inoculated with the eagerly awaited Covid-19 vaccine on time.”