COVID-19 in Tengnoupal: 'Do not panic but follow the government guidelines strictly'

A review meeting on COVID-19 situation in Tengnoupal district was held on Tuesday

There is no need to panic about COVID-19 but all should come together to fight the pandemic and every citizen of the state should strictly follow the guidelines and SOPs given by the government, MLA D Korungthang said on Tuesday.

“We should not panic about this disease. Instead we all should jointly work together to fight against the pandemic. So, every citizen of the state should strictly follow the guidelines and SOPs given by the government,” the MLA said at a review meeting on COVID-19 situation in Tengnoupal district held on Tuesday at 1 pm at the office complex of additional deputy commissioner, Moreh.

While appealing to the CVO leaders to give maximum awareness at their localities, the MLA also said that without the help and support of the CVOs, fighting the pandemic is not possible. He later handed out face masks and hand sanitizers to the leaders of different CVOs.

Apart from Korungthang, the meeting was attended by Tengnoupal DC M Rajkumar Singh, SP Th Vikramjit, EMs of Autonomous District Council, Chandel, Lamboi Gangte and JN Baite, MO of COVID Care Centre, Moreh, Dr Cecil Ahongsangbam and ASP (Ops) of Tengnoupal, Th. Krisnatombi as dais members. Leaders of different CVOs, security personnel and various medical staff also attended the meeting.

DC Rajkumar said that during the ‘Unlock’ phase, sudden spike of COVID-19 positive cases at Pallel area has caused panic among the people of the district. Besides, people should follow the new SOPs.

“Most of the Community Quarantine Centres are closed now and only two quarantine centres at Electricity IB and Forest IB are opened at Moreh. In the meantime, the district administration is ready to open COVID Care Centre in Moreh town and we can implement any steps swiftly,” said Rajkumar.

He also appealed that when any urgent requirement is needed, the public and CVO leaders should cooperate and lend their helping hands.

M Thoiba said that leaders of different communities should work together and give awareness to the public to curb the spread of COVID-19. He also appreciated the steps taken up by the district administration and security personnel.

Dr Cecil said that 25 patients are still at COVID Care Centre, Moreh and the hospital authority is giving its 100 percent service to the patients.

JN Baite said that “in this hard time, some people are taking advantage of doing business by violating the SOPs in some border areas and this should be strictly checked.” He requested the district administration to deploy some security personnel on patrolling.

While stating that there is lack of awareness among the public at outskirt areas, Lamboi Gangte appealed to the law enforcement department to look in to the matter and give awareness to follow the SOPs.

After the meeting, SP of Tengnoupal along with ASP and OC of Moreh police station have a check on wearing of face masks among the public and many turned out to be not wearing. People were fined for violating the SOPs and a sum of Rs 6,600 was collected as fines.

First Published:Sept. 9, 2020, 10:36 a.m.