A high-level review meeting in Meghalaya was held with the participation of the Government and Opposition leaders to discuss the prevailing COVID-19 situation. The meeting consisted of Conrad Sangma. A detailed presentation was made by the Chief Secretary on the updates following the last meeting held on 25th April, 2020. The presentation highlighted the summary of stranded citizens, detailed the entry protocol. It gave an insight on the evacuation model being followed to bring back the stranded Meghalayans from various parts of the country. Updates were also presented on the status of health infrastructure as well as the testing capacity.
The following actions of the Conrad Sangma Government were highlighted:
- As of 13th May, 2020, a total of 3978 stranded individuals were brought back into the state. The individuals were brought back via the 5 identified entry points as follows:
i. Bajengdoba, North Garo Hills
ii. Byrnihat, Ri Bhoi
iii. Ratacherra, East Jaintia Hills
iv. Tikrikilla, West Garo Hills
Several suggestions were made by the members of the opposition and the Conrad Sangma Government welcomed many of the suggestions.
The meeting decided to jointly urge the Citizens of the State to:
- Provide sensitive support to all COVID-19 positive individuals and those probable cases and not to stigmatize any individual as the virus can affect any person.
- Accept the returning individuals and not stigmatise against them or their families. Over the course of the coming days, many more individuals will be returning. The Government protocols on guidelines are to be strictly followed. Support of community COVID management committee is needed to enforce quarantine.
- Not to be fearful of the virus and to follow the standard protocols relating to personal hygiene, hand washing, cough etiquette and social distancing.
- As per existing data, most people affected by the virus will not need hospitalization and will recover by being under home isolation. The Government is fully prepared to deal with all cases that may need hospitalization.
- Be respectful and kind to all the health care staff and other frontline workers.
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