Assam Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the state government’s preparedness in dealing with the situation arising out of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Sonowal highlighted the need for uninterrupted maintenance of inter-state supply-chain of medical products from states where such products are manufactured to other states so patients could be treated effectively, an official release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.
The Assam Chief Minister participated in a video conference with Modi attended by other Chief Ministers on April 2nd, 2020. Sonowal said so far 16 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state.
“They have been put in isolation at government hospitals and so far 67,436 people quarantined at various government facilities or home,” he said.
The Chief Minister informed that till March 30th, 2020, there were no COVID-19 positive cases reported in Assam. However, the first novel coronavirus positive case was detected in Assam on March 31st, 2020 and since then altogether sixteen persons have been tested positive.
Informing the Prime Minister about new steps taken up by the State Government, Sonowal said that five new COVID-19 hospitals are planned at Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Lakhimpur, Silchar and Bongaigaon.
“Besides, Medical Colleges are converted to COVID hospitals by diverting other patients to private hospitals for which the State government would bear expenses of such patients,” Sonowal added.
The Chief Minister also informed that AMCH, GMCH, SMCH, MMCH and Sonapur District Hospital have already been made functional and FAAMCH, TMCH, JMCH and Diphu Medical College are under process.
Training for Doctors and paramedical staffs, 1,000 bedded quarantine facility at Sarusajai Stadium and other interventions were also highlighted by the Chief Minister.
Moreover, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the State Government in a bid to help the poor and needy took steps to cover 58 lakh families of the State by NFSA and to provide rice free of cost from April 1st, 2020 onwards.
Sonowal 5 lakh poor, destitute and homeless families who are presently not covered under NFSA are being provided Rs 1000 per family and Rs 2500 are being transferred to the bank accounts of six lakh marginal and small farm families under Chief Minister’s Krishi Sa Sajuli Yojana.
He also informed that Rs 1,000 will be transferred to the bank account of Rs 2.78 lakh construction workers registered under Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board. Further, the State Government has also decided to transfer $2,000 to residents of the state who are stranded abroad for a month, he informed.
Highlighting steps taken for migrant daily labours from other states who are stranded in Assam due to lockdown, the Chief Minister informed that they have been provided shelter and ration by the Assam Government.
“Moreover, people from Assam who are stranded in other states due to lockdown, the Assam Government has been providing necessary assistance like food, accommodation, medical support, transportation in coordination with Assam Bhawans and Assam Houses and concerned district administrations of those states,” Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister also informed about steps taken for jail inmates during the lockdown period. He said that more than one thousand under trial prisoners have been released on PR bond as per the recommendation of High Power Committee, besides, the arrangement of wards with quarantine facilities in every jail and medical check-up for all jail inmates.
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