Itanagar: Concerned over the spread of the Omicron variant in various parts of the country at an alarming rate, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on Friday, reviewed the COVID-19 pandemic situation of the state with the health officials.

The need for strict health surveillance and response preparedness was discussed in detail during the review meeting.

Khandu instructed the department of health and family welfare and all other government departments to continue to be alert, attentive and responsive to all the challenges coming forth.

He urged the people to maintain COVID appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated at the earliest if not covered so far.

While thanking everyone for their wholehearted cooperation to date in controlling the dreaded virus, Chief Minister Khandu said, “I urge people to steadfastly maintain COVID appropriate behaviour. Stay masked, avoid crowds, prefer open spaces, maintain hand and respiratory hygiene and get vaccinated.”

“Arunachal Pradesh is doing well so far. We recorded the number of active cases as of today – 18, with only two patients being hospitalised. No COVID death has been recorded since October 8, this year”, Khandu added.

He, however, cautioned his fellow citizens to stay safe and protected amidst the festivity and cheers of Christmas and New Year.

The Health and Family Welfare department, in their presentation, briefed the CM on the preparedness for the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report said that the state presently has 1,000 oxygen beds available in addition to 60 ICU beds for critical patients. Another 94 ICU beds will be added in the coming year, while 150 PICU beds will be made available in 2022. 46 PSA plants have been installed in the state covering all district hospitals, the report added.

Principal Secretary Health, Secretary Health, State Epidemiologist, with other health officials, were also present in the meeting.

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