Meghalaya government accused of poor COVID-19 management

AICC Secretary and party spokesperson Zenith Sangma said there was absolutely no roadmap in handling the Covid situation in the state..

 

The opposition Congress has slammed the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government for its alleged failure in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic while also alleging that despite the restriction, people representing business houses from outside are allowed to sneak into the state to have regular meetings with Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma.

AICC Secretary and party spokesperson Zenith Sangma informed that there was absolutely no roadmap and there is a lack of coordination between the government and the district administrations, in as far as handling the COVID-19 situation.

“The COVID pandemic is a burning issue across the globe and because of this everybody is living on the edge but in the context of Meghalaya, what I could see is a complete failure of the management in fighting against Coronavirus,” said Sangma who is also the MLA of Rangsakona.

"The government has turned a deaf ear despite repeated requests to come up with proactive measures, so that the state will be able to handle any kind of challenges and unforeseen situation due to the pandemic", he said while adding, "but all this is not being spelled out properly by the government of the day".

The Congress spokesperson said that different administrations are having different ideas as far as fighting against the pandemic.

Zenith Sangma also accused the government of allowing people representing business houses to sneak into the state. “(At a time) when outsiders are not allowed to come to the state but certain people representing business houses could sneak into the state and the state secretariat to have regular meetings with the CM. How can they allow this to happen?” he asked.

He then requested the State government to look into the loss of several lives because of other diseases "due to medical diversion", while pointing to the increased maternal and infant mortality rate in Meghalaya.

The AICC Secretary also suggested the need to have temporary or make shift centres to collect samples, as people are reluctant to visit the hospitals for the same and that the government should also provide relief to people who are not in a position to earn their daily bread, due to the pandemic.

First Published:Sept. 17, 2020, 8:24 a.m.