Unfortunate Coronavirus-related incidents should not be repeated: Minister Radheshyam

The minister held a meeting on Wednesday to assess the groundwork status and management of COVID-19 pandemic in the districts and emphasised the need to create mass awareness through all means to create awareness on COVID-19.

Minister of Education, Labour and Employment, Thokchom Radheshyam, who is also district in-charge of Thoubal and Kakching, appreciated the dedication and efforts of the district administration team and sought for feasible suggestions and opinions to contain the rise in the cases in a better way.

The minister held a meeting on Wednesday to assess the groundwork status and management of COVID-19 pandemic in the districts and emphasised the need to create mass awareness through all means to create awareness on COVID-19.

He also suggested engaging local religious leaders/local popular leaders to give a message on social distancing, wearing face masks in public and personal hygiene among others to effectively create awareness among the local public.

The meeting was held at the conference hall of DC Office, Thoubal and it was attended by MLA of Wangkhem assembly constituency, K Meghachandra, MLA of Wangjing Tentha, P Brojen, district nodal officer, T Ranjit Singh; deputy commissioner N Bandana Devi, superintendent of police, S Ibomcha Singh; chief medical officer Dr N Jayantakumar Singh and other officials.

The ministerial team also visited Slopeland Public School, Khongjom to assess suitability for establishment of 200-300 bedded COVID Care Centre for better management of the COVID pandemic in Thoubal district.

Briefing the media, Radheshyam said that it is unfortunate that there have been newspaper reports regarding restrictions of the movement of people and patients of Thoubal district, and discriminating them because of the rise in the number of COVID positive cases in the district. He said that a letter has been written to the minister of Health of the state, highlighting the unfortunate incident. He said that such incidents should not be repeated not only to the people of Thoubal district, but also to the people from other parts of the state.

He also appealed the people to support and encourage the frontline workers, especially the health workers who are working hard to safeguard the people and not to dishearten them for carrying out their duty at this unprecedented time. He further gave suggestions for the use of readily available disinfectants like bleaching powder or phenyl at containment zones in order to meet the requirement of the hour.

Later, the minister visited Kakching district and held a meeting with deputy commissioner, Valentina Arambam; superintendent of police, Victoria Yengkhom, chief medical officer, Dr T Manihar Singh, and other officials. (DIPR)

First Published:July 30, 2020, 10:32 a.m.

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