Meeting on COVID-19 in Tura held: Meghalaya

A meeting of the COVID committee under West Garo Hills was held on Saturday in Tura to discuss adherence of protocols especially in crowded places along with other necessary measures and it was attended by local committee members, Special Executive Magistrate and health officials.   

The district Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh informed that the administration is taking all necessary precautions to check the spread of the infectious virus in the district and with the COVID-19 detected in many localities, aggressive testing is being done in high risk market places and where people have tested positive during random testing. He also suggested that every shopkeeper in the district should be tested, since they come in contact with many people during their business activity.

Considering the uneven topography of some areas in the district, where ambulances are hard to reach areas, Singh informed that random sampling and Rapid Antigen Test would have to be intensified in the coming days, so as to check the spread of the virus in these areas and take necessary precautions. He urged members of the COVID Committee to be more vigilant, to check people coming from Assam before entering the district and also to motivate people to come forward for random testing, which is being done in the localities and to also follow the COVID protocol strictly.

The District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO), Dr. Marwin Sangma informed the COVID-19 committee members about the protocol and guidelines issued by the government for home isolation and hospitalization of Covid-19 patients. Mentioning that these guidelines are in addition to the ‘Guidelines of Appropriate Management of Suspect Confirmed Cases of Covid-19’, he said that in case of hospitalization, elderly people with comorbidities, pregnant women in their third trimester, children below ten years accompanied by parent and guardian and mild and pre-symptomatic cases can be hospitalised.

Dr. Sangma also said that persons with no symptoms or having mild symptoms and do not require immediate medical attention are eligible for home isolation but requires necessary infrastructure, such as residence should have a separate room with attached toilet, not to mix with other persons at home and should communicate with the health authorities at all times for regular monitoring. The DMHO further said that houses undergoing home quarantine or self isolation are strictly warned not to have any visitors in their house during this quarantine period.

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