Shillong: Meghalaya health minister AL Hek on Wednesday informed that the state’s lack of specialists doctor contributed to the state’s failure to set up RT-PCR tests in few districts of the state.

Hek said that the health department has been unable to set up the RT-PCR test in Jaintia Hills because there is no specialist MBBS Microbiology and MBBS Pathology. Specialist health care workers are the need of the hour, he added,

Welcoming the suggestions made by the Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma concerning the state’s fight against COVID-19, Hek said that they share the opinion with Dr Mukul.

In a series of inspection carried out by Dr Mukul, he had suggested that the government should increase the manpower and also not lose its focus since cases in rural areas have been rising.

“This was what we needed: all legislators coming together and working unitedly to fight COVID-19. We have Dr Mukul’s suggestions, and ensuring that cases in rural areas are looked at,” said Dr Mukul.

Health Minister Hek added that they would continue to work together to ensure that they minimise the number of fatalities and curb the spread of the virus.

When asked about dealing with the second wave more than focusing on the third wave of COVID-19, Hek said that he believes in fighting the present enemy rather than thinking about the invisible enemy.

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