Shillong: The Meghalaya Government on Monday constituted a Special Experts Committee in anticipation of a ‘third wave’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, as daily case count in the State continues to remain high even after almost 45 days of strict lock-down.
The decision to constitute the committee was taken during the course of a review meeting on COVID-19 situation in the state, called by speaker Metbah Lyngdoh and attended by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma and other members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, who made suggestions and flagged off issues relating to the pandemic.
“Urge all MLAs to continue supporting the Government in our collective mission. We remain committed to beat COVID,” Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted immediately after the meeting.
Stating that the government has put in a lot of efforts to combat the situation, the Chief Minister said during the past one year the health infrastructure has been revamped throughout the state wherever possible.
Hitting out at the opposition Congress for “sensationalizing” the issue of lack of ambulances with life support system in several health care centres in the State, Conrad said “to pass comment on lack of facilities and services is very easy”.
Citing the example of the availability of oxygen cylinders and hospital beds, Sangma said, before the pandemic the state was lacking in the availability of these crucial factors, but the state government’s effort ensured that now there are adequate numbers of oxygen cylinders and hospital beds in the state.
Noting that the pandemic situation has been “an unprecedented situation,” the Chief Minister said that such a situation was never faced before “by any government in the world.”
“The state government has been fighting the pandemic through this “very difficult conditions, and time” with “limited resources,” Conrad said.
The Chief Minister also informed that the state government bought ambulances with basic support before the start of the pandemic just to transport people to the hospitals.
He said 11 new ambulances having life support system have been allotted to Meghalaya by the Ministry of DoNER.
Speaker Lyngdoh said all the legislators who attended the meeting gave their inputs and suggestions and the government has acknowledged these and would incorporate in its fight against the pandemic wherever possible.
He added that everyone must come forward and do their bit to ensure that this virus is defeated. Moreover, during the meeting it was decided that dry ration would be provided to 1574 persons with HIV.
These people would also be provided with nutritional food items by the government, Lyngdoh said about some of the decisions taken in the meeting.