Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday reviewed the COVID-19 preparedness in North Garo Hills district with officials of the administration and health department in presence of Deputy Speaker Timothy D. Shira.
Sangma inspected the Resubelpara Community Health Centre (CHC), he informed that a 150 litre per minute oxygen plant will be set up at Resubelpara Community Health Centre, which will support 15 beds with high flow oxygen.
The Chief Minister informed that Covid cases were not high in North Garo Hills, however, all necessary arrangements will be put in place to deal with any eventuality.
Accordingly, he has directed the local health authorities to set up three beds in ICU to deal with COVID-19 related cases.
“I have directed the authorities to increase 40 beds in Resubelpara CHC for dealing with COVID-19 cases. Have also directed the authorities to look for a suitable location for setting up 150 beds to deal with COVID cases,” the Chief Minister said.
He also informed that an additional 150 oxygen cylinders will be allocated for the North Garo Hills district. Resubelpara CHC has 84 B type cylinders, 15 D type cylinders and 15 oxygen concentrators at present.
During the review meeting, the authorities urged the Chief Minister to consider their request for additional manpower including nurses and technical staff.
They also requested him to provide an ambulance with each for Manikanj Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Damas PHC.
“Also held a review with the District Administration and DMHO to discuss the Vaccination Drive. The district has completed 50 per cent of the 1st dose vaccination of 45+ years citizens and efforts are on to inoculate more citizens,” the Chief Minister said.