Shillong: The Meghalaya government has decided to ramp up the bed capacity for COVID-19 patients in and around its capital Shillong.

After a review meeting on Tuesday, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters that 150 beds will be set up at three government office buildings that are going to be used as Covid care centres — ITI office at Rynjah, Basic Training Centre (BTC) at Malki and the directorate of commerce and industries at Nongrim Hills.

While expressing optimism that the centres will be made functional at the earliest, Tynsong also said that the government has given 48 hours and has entrusted the health department to work on the details of COVID-19 patients at different private hospitals.

“We have discussed the issue of expenditure made by COVID-19 patients in different private hospitals. The health department will have to come up with a proposal so that a solution can be provided to these people,” said Tynsong.

In its review meeting, the government also discussed about the plight of families who have lost their near and dear ones to COVID-19. The health department will come up with some kind of assistance to be given to these people.

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In addition, the government has also decided to set up more beds in the community health centres (CHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs) located across the state.

“We felt that we needed to have a corona care centre up to these levels. There should be at least 20 beds in each PHC and CHC, which will be helpful to people in rural areas,” said Tynsong.

Relating to the plight of farmers, Tynsong said that the agriculture department had made a proposal of setting up wholesale and retail markets, which the government has already approved.

The government has also decided that the matter pertaining to issue of car passes related to farming activities and farming traders, will be taken care of by the department of agriculture, consisting of district horticulture officer, district agriculture officer. This information will have to be furnished to the district administration, Tynsong added.

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