Mizoram faces non-availability of medicines & other essential goods due to blockade

Mizoram faces non-availability of medicines & other essential goods due to blockade

Mizoram faces non-availability of medicines Mizoram faces non-availability of medicines

AIZAWL: The Assam-Mizoram border clash has severely affected the state of Mizoram.

The state is under serious crisis due to a blockade created by the Assam Government, said State Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana.

This has severely hampered the availability of medicines required by critically ill patients and those suffering from COVID-19.

Following the border dispute on July 26, 2021, the Assam Government summoned all transporters in Guwahati who have been operating in Mizoram to stop transporting any goods into Mizoram due to 'security concerns' on July 29.

This led to a complete halt of all goods entering Mizoram, including basic medicines, life-saving medications, and COVID-19 medications.

Even oxygen cylinders, oxygen plant materials, and COVID-19 test kits have been halted.

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The Assam government's belligerent activities have denied the basic fundamental right to life guaranteed by the Indian Constitution, which includes the right to basic health care and medicines, he claimed.

Mizoram government has also blamed the crisis on the Centre.

“Despite the fact that we have been dealing with this issue for nearly a week, there has been no response from the central government on this front. As true citizens of the country, we have a right to a cordial and positive response and intervention from the Centre at this critical juncture," the minister added.

"No citizen of Mizoram should lose his or her life because of the non-availability of medicines which is man-made as is being done by the Assam government today," said Lalthangliana

He has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to intervene as earlier as possible to prevent any health crisis that may soon engulf the state.