Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said, “Arunachal will have two COVID-19 hospitals – in Itanagar (western zone) and Pasighat (eastern zone).”

“In Pasighat, an Ayurveda institute has been identified as COVID-19 hospital. For Itanagar, a suitable place will be identified as COVID-19 hospital somewhere in an isolated area. This is to let Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) attend to normal patient,” Khandu said.

Previously, TRIHMS was the only COVID-19 hospital in the state which was announced by the state government.

He said this during a video conference on Tuesday with the members and district presidents of Arunachal BJP Mahila Morcha with regard to fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The video conferencing was also attended by state president of BJP Mahila Morcha Higio Aruni.

This is the third video conferencing of CM with the party members on coronavirus within this month.

The chief minister in his interaction with the Mahila Morcha members urged them to spread words on social distancing, on mandatory use of face mask outside the homes, and on maintaining all safety guidelines. The CM also urged party members to spread word to people on being cautious and to maintain safety measures if any day lockdown is lifted. He said once the lockdown is lifted, people stranded outside the state will start to rush in and that is when strict measures are to be in place to stop the spread of virus.

Khandu informed that due to risk of virus entering Arunachal through a potential carrier coming from outside the state, 11 check gates along the Assam-Arunachal border has been made operational while rest has been closed. The frontline workers on duty in these check gates are being provided with all safety kits and equipment. He also said state will have no shortage of PPE kits and order will be placed for more number of kits so that it is made available in plenty.

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