Baksa district authorities conducting an awareness drive on coronavirus outbreak at Doomni locality

Guwahati: Less than 24 hours of publishing a news report about local markets along the Indo-Bhutan border in Assam’s Baksa district openly selling rat meat amid coronavirus scare across the globe, the district administration on Wednesday conducted mass awareness drives at strategic and vulnerable areas of the region.

Speaking with EastMojo, Baksa deputy commissioner Ranjan Sarma informed a team of officials comprising assistant commissioner Rahul Phukan; district surveillance officer appointed by Assam government and sub-divisional officer of Tamulpur conducted awareness programmes on coronavirus outbreak at Darrranga Mela and Doomni areas along Bhutan border. Sarma also informed that the mass awareness programmes were led by joint director of district health department under the directives of the district magistrate.

Baksa district authorities conducting an awareness drive at Tamulpur (Darranga Mela) on Wednesday

Talking on activities taken up during the drive, Sarma said that leaflets and general awareness on the coronavirus epidermic such as ‘how it spreads and what is its impact’ were deliberated among the people in those vulnerable localities.

Meanwhile, Sarma also stated that similar awareness programmes on coronavirus outbreak will be held at other localities of the district and the authorities concerned will keep tabs on all activities that can possibly trigger spreading of the deadly virus.

Vendors selling rats at a Sunday market in Assam’s Baksa district

On February 11, EastMojo accessed video footage which displayed vendors openly selling freshly trapped rats at the weekly markets of Kumarikata, Nayabasti, Dumuni and Musalpur localities of Baksa district. It was also reported that rat meat is a delicacy among several ethnic communities there, and was being sold for Rs 200 per kg, almost the same price as chicken in those markets.

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