Meghalaya government gears up to fight upcoming health challenges

The increasing number of cases in Meghalaya has been a concern for the general public as well as the state authorities

Meghalaya's fight against COVID-19 is getting mightier as the positive cases in the state are six times higher than last year. Despite the lockdown, the numbers are not coming down.
On April 2, the number of active cases in the state was 857, while one month later on May 20, the number has increased to 6,477. On the same day, as many as 1183 new COVID-19 positive recorded.
In fact, it is the highest single-day spike as the overall count went up to 26,927 so far. Meghalaya is fighting against the pandemic on a war footing.
Waging a war against Covid 19, the State government has set up 24x7 War rooms or control rooms in each and every block headquarters to monitor the surge in COVID 19 cases. 
"Any time any moment if people has any symptoms or if they have any problem they call this number and we already have a dedicated team in the block level, a team of doctors and nurses who will ultimately respond to those calls," Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has sought the support of the Centre to ensure Meghalaya is fully vaccinated. Stating that the shortage is huge in the state, Sangma said the state has only received 42,000 shots for the 18 plus category against the requirement of over 30 lakh doses.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government has taken up with the Centre on the need to simplify the process of registration for the vaccination drive in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Tynsong said on Friday.
Stating that the age group of 18 years and above will still be vulnerable (due to shortage of vaccines), Chief Minister Sangma said the challenge for the government is to reduce the speed of the spread of the virus.
Waging a war against Covid 19, the state Government has set up War room or control room in each and every block headquarter to monitor the surge in COVID 19 cases. The war room functions 24x 7.
Installation of as many as six oxygen generation plants for effectively tackling the second wave of the COVID-19 across the state is expected to be completed by next week.
Demographic map of Meghalaya
Image: Demographic map of Meghalaya
"There are six oxygen plants where installation is going on. We hope that all these plants will be up and running by the early part of next week," Director of Health Services (MI) Dr Aman War informed.
He informed that the 600 litres per minute (LPM) oxygen plant at Shillong civil hospital is being airlifted from Delhi and will be reaching the state capital on May 25.
The piping has already been done for Shillong Civil Hospital, he said adding now what is needed is just to connect the pipe from the generation plant to the manifold room and from there oxygen can be distributed accordingly to all the wards.
Further, the DHS also informed that another oxygen plant for the RP Chest TB hospital is on the way from Guwahati airport which had been airlifted from Delhi on Friday.
The opposition Congress has asked the state government to focus more on saving as many lives as possible from the onslaught of the second wave of the COVID-19 and to gear up its preparation for the third wave.
This was one of the suggestions made during the all-party meeting convened by the Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh to discuss the prevailing situation arising due to the uncontrollable surge in the number of new cases and deaths in the state.
The lockdown in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya has been extended till May 31. However, many districts voluntarily have opted for lockdown. Traditional institutions and tribal headmen are very active at the grass-root level; they are playing a key role in the state's fight against the virus.



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