Shillong: During the second COVID-19 review meeting of all the members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Monday, chief minister Conrad K Sangma suggested that all the MLAs should visit COVID-19 wards donning PPE which the doctors and nurses wear.
Saying that it would send a good message, Sangma said such visits would also help the MLAs to really understand the situation that healthcare workers go through every day.
Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh said he would look into the suggestion made by the CM.
Terming the meeting as fruitful, the Speaker said that new things came out in the course of discussion. It was also deliberated in detail about the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the state, he added.
Explaining the objective of the review meeting, Lyngdoh said it was aimed to ensure that all members came together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As honourable members, we have to come together as one. A lot of inputs were given and expressed by all the members and the departments concerned have taken note and ensured that those things are in place at the ground level,” said Lyngdoh.
While the Opposition highlighted that ambulances in the state lack basic amenities like life support, Sangma informed them that the state will soon get 11 ambulances through the DoNER ministry.
“Last year, in the first wave, the challenge was more of transportation of patients. We didn’t see serious cases needing oxygen support. That was the time when we invested in ambulances. So, now, whatever ambulances we bring in we are ensuring that they will have life support,” the CM added.
Sangma further emphasised how they have been working against limited resources and limited time. “This is a war-like situation. So having a perfect solution and being able to resolve every single issue may not be possible. We need to realise that we are working against limited resources and time. In both these challenges, which are very extreme, we need to do the best we can,” added Sangma.
Acknowledging that there are many areas which could have been better, Sangma said: “Keeping the difficult situations in mind, I feel that the department and team have done very well,” said Sangma.