Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma Credit: Twitter

Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday informed that rapid test kits have been put on hold as per the directions of ICMR.

Addressing to a concern raised about the use of rapid test kits, Sangma said that the state is working as per the directions of ICMR. The state is now mostly dependent on the PCR tests.

Sangma agreed upon the fact that the accuracy level of rapid test kits has been questioned. He highlighted that the seven members of the 12th positive case, who were tested through rapid test kit on Tuesday, were tested on Wednesday through normal PCR tests, and their results were negative.

Meghalaya till date has collected 1,046 samples for testing out of which 904 samples have come out negative. The results for 130 samples are awaited. The state so far has 64,458 PPEs available.

“Under the Chief Minister’s Special Grant for people stranded outside the state, 10,287 have registered and out of these 5,392 have already received financial benefit from the government,” informed Sangma.

On concerns regarding the schemes of rice distribution under PMGKAY and to other beneficiaries who are non-NFSA, Sangma clarified that the state will have to adhere to the guidelines given by the government of India.

“In order to be able to help most of our people, the government has taken other measures like the measure of giving the unorganised sector, the labour sector a help of Rs 2,100. And also other schemes of the registered labours giving them Rs 3,000. So other ways and measures are being used like PMKISAN, like the MNREGA Funds, so we are ensuring that by multiples schemes being in place. We have released funds from the MLA scheme also, and through that also some help and relief is being given to the grassroots people,” said Sangma.

On COVID-19 positive patient kept together in the same room of a particular institution, Sangma clarified that the two patients have been kept in one room and the other in a separate room.

“The protocols are very clear that in almost every part of the country and the world the protocol allows two positive patients to be in the same room, but it only asks the room should be quite big. That has been followed and therefore we are maintaining those protocols and we are going as per the protocols. Also, the condition of all the three patients is stable,” added Sangma.

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