Meghalaya chief minister urges residents of the state to stand together in this hour of crisis Credit: File image

Shillong: A day after Meghalaya reported its first positive COVID-19 case on Monday, chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday urged the residents of the state not to stigmatise the issue and to act responsibly.

“I think COVID-19 does not look at anyone’s caste, creed or religion. It is something that can happen to anyone. It’s wrong on our part to stigmatise and look at individuals and start blaming people. I urge everyone that it is not the time to do this. As citizens, it is our duty to act responsibly. This is a challenge the whole world is facing and we are no different,” said Sangma.

People in different parts of the city and in different localities have started stigmatising the people working in those hospitals and institutes, he said. “I think it is not their fault that they have to be working in the hospitals. In fact, they are putting themselves daily in the frontline to save lives and to protect us. The society must protect them and support them,” urged Sangma.

Sangma also made an appeal to the medical fraternity not to panic and ensure that they follow protocol and basic safety. “I see a lot of panic among the medical officers. I think you are in the best position to really know, and it’s like flu. And you need to do is to take care of yourselves. Doctors need to motivate other medical officers so that every medical officer is motivated and committed,” added Sangma.

On Monday, Meghalaya reported its first COVID-19 case after a doctor from Bethany Hospital in Shillong tested positive for the deadly virus.

As per a press release issued by the chief secretary of Meghalaya, a doctor from Bethany Hospital, Shillong has been tested COVID-19 positive today [Monday]. “The District Magistrate Shillong has imposed curfew for 48 hours in the Shillong Agglomeration area starting from 6.00 am of 14th April, 2020 with the exception of essential services,” the release said.

“All the residents are requested to kindly cooperate and refrain from coming out of the houses to enable the Health Department officials to do contat tracing and take appropriate remedial measures,” the order said.

Press release issued by the chief secretary of Meghalaya on Monday

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