State Government decides to set up pediatric hospitals in Meghalaya

This special report by our correspondent from Meghalaya will brief our readers about the Covid situation there.

As many as over five thousand one hundred children are tested positive for COVID 19 between the age group ranging from 0 to 14 years in Meghalaya so far.
While seventeen children of the age group 0 to 14 years have succumbed to COVID-19.
The latest incident was reported in the East Garo Hills district, where a 4 yrs old girl passed away due to covid related complications.
On Wednesday, the state health minister Alexander Laloo Hek informed about the same during an interaction with media persons.
Hek informed that so far, 758 persons have died due to viral infection. Of these, 17 are children between the age group of 0 to 14 years.
The health minister highlighted that 5,101 of 43,254 people, who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the first and second wave, are children belonging to this age group.
According to him, not a single newborn baby was affected by COVID-19 so far in the state.
The health minister highlighted that 5,101 of 43,254 people, who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the first and second wave, are children belonging to this age group.
Considering these figures, he said the government has decided to prepare prefab structures for setting up pediatric hospitals at Ganesh Das hospital in Shillong, Tura in West Garo Hills, and Jowai in West Jaintia Hills.
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The health minister urged the citizens to be extra careful, keeping in mind that the third wave is likely to affect not children alone but people of different age groups.
Concerning the decision of the government to either continue with the total lockdown, given the prevailing situation, Hek, however, said that the issue is being discussed by the government on a daily basis.
"We have also decided to leave it to the wisdom of the deputy commissioners to decide (on lockdown) as per the COVID situation in their respective districts," he added.
Regarding the vaccination drive, the minister said that the state has sufficient numbers of vaccines to continue with the drive for another week.
He also informed that the Government of India has categorically stated that it will supply more vaccines to the state after June 21. According to him, the government has increased the number of vaccination centres across the state.
To another query, Hek said, the reason for the government's repeated request to all citizens to get vaccinated is because it will not protect them alone but the people around them as well.
"Therefore, our department is urging the citizens to get vaccinated as it is the only way we can protect ourselves from this deadly virus," he added.



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