A second Air India flight carrying medical equipment for Arunachal Pradesh landed in Guwahati; the 1st flight reached Guwahati on March 29

Itanagar: While COVID-19 has gripped the entire world, and the nation is under lockdown to break the chain of the pandemic, Arunachal Pradesh has also geared up to fight the dreaded virus by putting in all its resources.

In a statement on Monday, chief minister Pema Khandu informed that all 26 deputy commissioners have been given funds to tackle the current situation. Each DC has been provided Rs 12 lakh from the state disaster response fund (SDRF) totaling Rs. 3.12 crore to deal with this pandemic.

A separate fund of Rs 1.30 crore have been released from the chief minister’s relief fund to all the district SPs to tackle COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to empower the district administration to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the funds under Mukhya Mantri Rogi Kalyan Kosh (MMRKK) of about Rs 15 crore have been released to all 26 districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The guidelines of the MMRKK have been relaxed to the extent that 80% of funds at the disposal of the districts can be used for procurement of medicines, consumables and equipment.

The remaining 20% would be utilised for conducting health camps and engaging doctors/retired doctors/para-medics/retired para medics/contingency staff for next three months.

Meanwhile, the state government in order to strengthen the public health system and ensure concrete preparedness against COVID-19 has appealed the retired health professionals to volunteer for reserve staff to supplement the current human resources and staffing shortages in the state. The interested health professionals have been requested to contact the director of health services at Naharlagun.

With the steep rise in the number of COVID-19 infection cases everywhere, proper precautionary measures have been put in place in the state. The frontline response teams deployed all over the state are dealing with COVID-19 suspects for which PPEs have been supplied. A total of 10,000 N-95 masks from HLL, 300 VTMs from ICMR and 30 thermal scanners have reached the state and distribution is underway.

In order to meet up the shortage of medical equipment due to the lockdown, a special chartered cargo flight is being arranged by state government from New Delhi to Guwahati on Wednesday to ferry essential medical equipment like surgical masks, PPEs with all accessories and other stuffs for the state. Medical items for sanitisation have also been ferried in to the state.

State-run helicopters have been put into service to deliver all essential ration commodities to people living in far flung areas which are not connected by roads. First such helicopter sortie was made to Vijaynagar from Monday and another five sorties have been planned for the week.

As preparedness measures, ICU with ventilators have been set up in TRIHMS. Isolation wards and quarantine rooms have been identified in all the districts besides helpline and control room working round the clock, said CM in his statement.

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