Meghalaya minister for food, civil supplies & consumer affairs James Sangma holding meeting with officials of West Garo hills district administration in Tura on Tuesday

Shillong: Meghalaya minister in charge of food & civil supplies James Sangma took stock of the overall situation in Tura amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

With several questions raised on the lack of supply of essential commodities, the government has ensured that issues were resolved and the commodities were made available in the market.

Sangma on Tuesday assured that efforts are being made by the government to ensure that challenges and concerns of the people are addressed.

“Food grains are being released under the NFSA and open market sell scheme for all the districts, which will ease most of the issues concerning the people, particularly in the rural areas,” said Sangma.

Sangma, who is also the minister for power, informed that the issues related to medical preparedness were discussed at length during the meeting, wherein various issues were discussed particularly on allotment of dedicated ambulance for sample collection and transportation of suspected patients.

The officials from the state health department informed that isolation ward, quarantine centre and corona care centre have been set up in Tura and for the plain belt areas of West Garo Hills at Selsella CHC and Chibinang CHC.

In West Garo Hills, 211 beds are available at the Corona Care Centre, 60 beds for quarantine, including 30 beds in plain belt area of Garo Hills, besides isolation wards at Tura Civil Hospital, Selsella CHC and Chibinang CHC.

The isolation ward has also been designated at two private hospitals — Tura Christian Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital with four and five beds each, respectively. The issue of PPE and other equipment for frontline workers were discussed. During the meeting, the minister informed that government has placed orders for the equipment, which are being made available to different health care institutions.

The meeting also discussed on the shortage of LPG cylinders, wherein the minister has assured that measures have been taken to streamline the supply.

The issues of the farming community were discussed at length. The minister has directed the deputy commissioner to chart out action plans in collaboration with the agriculture department to resolve any difficulties of the farmers.

Thanking stakeholders, including officers, faith-based organisations, civil society organisations and the public at large for their cooperation during the lockdown period, the minister has appealed that people should continue with their spirit and adhere to government advisories by maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene.

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