Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra has proposed appointing a dedicated officer who can coordinate with all the stakeholders in matters related to the supply of vaccines, oxygen provisions and other medical requirements in the state.

The Governor, along with Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Health Minister Alo Libang, reviewed the COVID-19 scenario in the state at Raj Bhawan here on Monday.

The Governor said that the appointment of a dedicated officer could help the deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and district medical officers stay in the loop of all decisions and action plans to counter the pandemic daily.

While sharing his deep concern over the surge in COVID-19 positive cases in Arunachal, Mishra suggested that strengthening the health infrastructure is required to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge to mankind of this century, and every citizen has to be motivated to take utmost precautions to cope up with this threat,” he said while emphasizing immediate and appropriate actions to contain the spread of the virus.

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The Governor also advised that strict measures should be taken to curb the rumours regarding COVID-19 and its spread and vaccine.

He further requested Lt General Anil Chauhan, GOC-in-charge of Eastern Army Command, to provide medical assistance, including oxygen, to Arunachal Pradesh in case of any emergency.

The army commander, on his part, assured to provide all possible assistance to the state.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu informed that eight oxygen plants have been installed in the state, while 11 more are in the pipeline to meet the oxygen requirements in the future. “More oxygen cylinders are also being procured,” he said.

Earlier, Health and Family Welfare Principal Secretary, Dr Sharat Chauhan, briefed the Governor on the latest status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the frontier state.

Among others, Commissioner to the Chief Minister, Sonam Chombay, Health and Family Welfare Secretary P Parthiban, and State Surveillance Officer Dr L Jampa also participated in the discussion.

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