Meghalaya plans to set up more Covid Care Centres

The state government is identifying more places to open Corona Care Centres, the health minister said.

Meghalaya Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek on Friday said that there is a need to come up with more Coronavirus Care Centres to cope with the space needed to accommodate patients in the wake of spike in COVID-19 cases.

“There is a spike in cases and it is heading towards community spread and more Corona Care Centres are required otherwise the state government will not be able to accommodate people,” said Hek after inaugurating the 68 bedded Corona Care Centre at TB Hospital, Umsawli.

The minister said that the state government is already on the job and identifying more places to open Corona Care Centres.

Meanwhile, Hek said that the Corona Care Centre at Umsawli will ease the burden building up due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Asked whether the state government has failed in proper assessment of the COVID situation as it is now heading towards community spread, the Health Minister said that they are assessing the situation and the doctors and health workers are working hard day in and out to contain and control the spread of the virus.

“Meghalaya is one of the best performing states in this,” he added.

Making it clear that the government can only attempt to contain any future spread of the virus, Hek said that with a strong team of health workers, handling the situation should not be a problem.

“They are working hard day and night to save the precious lives of our people,” he added.

First Published:Aug. 21, 2020, 9:54 p.m.