Itanagar: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday said that Arunachal Pradesh will not face a shortage of oxygen supplies needed for treating Covid-19 patients as the state is well prepared to meet the challenges of the second wave of Coronavirus.

Addressing a virtual meeting of all state BJP members to review the COVID-19 situation and assess its preparedness level, the CM said the Arunachal government used the first wave of the pandemic to strengthen health infrastructure across the state.

“Arunachal is well prepared to meet the challenges of the second wave of Covid-19, and the state will not face a shortage of oxygen supplies. Eight oxygen generating plants have been installed at different locations, while eleven more are in the pipeline,” the chief minister said.

Khandu informed that virtual meetings have been conducted so far with all the legislators, newly-elected municipal corporators and councillors, panchayat leaders, including the head of the districts to devise strategies to tackle the spread of the second wave of coronavirus.

He said SoPs have been issued for all 15 inter-state entry points to Arunachal, which has mandated visitors to carry RT-PCR and TrueNet tests of 72 hours validity.

The exemption on entry also applies to citizens who have completed two doses of covid vaccine, he said.

Stating that following of SoP is crucial, the chief minister requested all the respective district covid management cells of the BJP to conduct surprise checks on these entry gates to check if the protocols are followed.

Khandu further said to tackle the spread of COVID-19, emphasis is being given for maximum coverage of vaccines free of cost.

A total of 343 vaccination centres have been identified and activated across the state. To date, more than 2.18 lakh people, including frontline workers and persons above the age of 45 have been vaccinated, he said.

The chief minister further requested the people to stay indoors as much as possible and to venture out only if it is highly necessary to prevent themselves from getting infected.

He also requested all to wear masks, maintain proper distance, wash hands regularly and avoid large gatherings.

The virtual meeting was also attended by state BJP in-charge Dilip Saikia, NE state BJP general secretary Ajay Jamwal, BJP state president Biyuram Wahge, MP Tapir Gao, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, state ministers, legislators and party members.

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