Nine districts in Assam recently reported a high Covid positivity rate. These districts include Biswanath, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup(Metro), Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Sonitpur and Sivasagar.
Taking a comprehensive review of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State the Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed concern over the increasing number of cases in these districts. The review was done through a video conferencing with the DCs, SPs and other senior health officials in the presence of Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta from Janata Bhawan on 11 July 2021.
Dr Sarma was apprehensive of a section of people who violate Covid protocols and trigger further spread of the virus. The DCs of the districts were asked to identify the assembly points in the urban areas, villages and tea gardens and strictly enforce containment measures.
The Chief Minister has directed the DCs and SPs to extensively move around the districts to ensure strict enforcement besides sector-wise allotment of duties among the magistrates for monitoring. They have been also asked to conduct monitoring through drones to view if people came out in groups.
It was directed to keep an eye on the district borders and roads to restrict the chance of trespassing. The senior health professionals were ordered to intensify the vaccination drives in their respected districts. The senior officers were entrusted to visit the villages to ensure that the people do not roam around near the market areas and it strictly remains closed if the district goes under containment.
DCs and SPs to extensively move around the districts to ensure strict enforcement. They have been also asked to conduct monitoring through drones to view if people came out in groups.
The Circle Officers will be helping the gaon buras in sensitising people in the villages so that they abstain from organizing family functions where a sizable number of people can participate.
Since many of the hooch manufacturing units have been identified as the hotspot of spreading the virus, the Chief Minister has directed the DCs and SPs to take action in dismantling all such units. It was ordered to carry out extensive awareness generation activities among the people, especially in the village and tea gardens.
Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister, Samir Kumar Sinha, Principal Secretary of Health Department Anurag Goel, Mission Director of NHM Dr Lakshmanan S and other senior officers participated the video conference.