Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences

Itanagar: After the news that the highly infectious COVID-19 has reached India, Arunachal Pradesh’s health department along with senior doctors from Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) are conducting a series of meetings for the preparedness and strategies for cluster containment of any cases of coronavirus if and when detected in the state.

To know more on Arunachal’s initiaves to restrict corona virus, EastMojo reached TRIMS and spoke with Dr Moji Jini, director of TRIHMS, who informed that TRIMS has already established 11 isolation beds of which five are isolation ICUs. “We are also ready with another 24 beds for the patients, if required,” Jini said.

TRIHMS is also working on the proposal to establish COVID-19 diagnostic facility in the premises. The state government is very keen so that this project is implemented as early as possible, Jini said.

There is also a requirement of a biosafety level-2 laboratory for COVID-19 diagnosis because this virus is a very infectious virus, hence biosafety is very important, said Jini.

“As of now, we are discussing the issue with the experts in Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in Dibrugarh. We are already in talks with the nodal officer of viral diagnostic laboratory of Northeast, Dr Biswajyoti Borkakoti, and he is expected to visit us very soon,” he said.

Jini also said that the state government has already expressed its intention to establish the laboratory at the earliest and also has given the assurance to provide help that include financial and others to TRIHMS.

“Meanwhile, we are advising all the health workers including doctors, nurses and other medical workers who are in direct contact with patients to use masks. Ideally, health workers should wear N-95 masks but as it is not available in the market in adequate quantity, so, it is advised to at least use the surgical masks,” Jini said.

The masks will be given to the staff free of cost, he added.

Moreover, for the benefit of the public, TRIHMS is going to set up COVID-19 information centre and help desk in the OPD area of the hospital so that any individual who would like to know about the infectious Corona virus can come and speak with our representatives at the desk, said Jini.

When contacted, the director of the department of health and family welfare, Dr Moromor Lego, said that in Arunachal there are seven quarantine facilities which are ready and isolation wards are there in all the district hospitals.

Rapid response team (RRT) are also ready at various places which consist of one epidemiologist, one lab technician, one micro biologist and one medicine specialist, Lego said.

Our staff is also present for screening at various entry points to check the people entering the state like railway stations, helipads etc, said Lego.

Few of the students who were studying outside the state were screened by us but unfortunately, all of them were not screened, Lego said.

This is the time when people from all walks of life should cooperate and fight together so that this virus doesn’t spread, Lego said.

At this point in time when everyone in this country is worried about the hygiene, Arunachal Pradesh is facing hand sanitizer scarcity.

To get a clear picture of the situation prevailing in the market, EastMojo contacted few distributors in and around capital complex.

One of the distributor said that it’s been almost 20 days that Capital Complex is facing scarcity of hand sanitizers.

“The main distributors from Guwahati are not sending us the supply after the recent increase in demand. When we ask them about the reason, they also have no answers about the unavailability on hand sanitizers,” said the distributor.

He also said that “nobody knows when the next supply will reach us”.

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