The health and education sector of Arunachal Pradesh have been accorded top focus by the present state government. Consequently the state was awarded/recognised as 'the leading small state in terms of the fight against COVID 19' and also 'the most improved small state in terms of education' in India Today's annual (2020) State of the States study.
Terming the achievement as, "A result of the exemplary Team Arunachal spirit," the CM in a tweet has dedicated the award to the doctors, nurses, paramedics, helpers and police personnel who according to him have toiled day and night to keep everyone safe. The first COVID19 patient of Arunachal Pradesh was a 31 year old man, who had returned from Delhi's Nizamuddin after attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation in March. He had tested positive for the infection on April 1.
Though the cases have spiraled since then the strict adherence to standard operating procedures coupled with the installation of testing facilities at all entry gates (of the state) have substantially controlled a greater spread of the killer virus. Of late single digit positive cases have been detected that points to a fast declining transmission rate of the virus in the state.
Alo Libang the state health and family welfare minister has stated that all preparations in the state are over for the much desired vaccination drive
On the other hand, the positive expectations of the masses have skyrocketed with the news of the possibility (availability) of a COVID 19 vaccine soon. But it needs to be understood that no vaccine has yet secured the final approval for vaccination despite the fact that India is the largest producer of vaccines in the world. However, development of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is good news for India as its developers have tied up with Dr Reddy's Laboratories for trials and regulatory approvals. If approved, over 100 million doses of the vaccine could be supplied to India.
Arunachal Governor, Brig (retd) B D Mishra recently expressed hoped that the vaccine would be made available soon. On the other hand, the chief secretary Naresh Kumar had held a virtual conference on December 17 with all deputy commissioners and DMOs to review the preparedness for COVID 19 vaccination in the state. Monitoring the availability of cold chains and related vaccination instruments in all state districts was prioritized and extensively discussed. However, Alo Libang the state health and family welfare minister, responding to questions from Fit Northeast said that all preparations in the state are already over for the much desired vaccination drive.