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AASU appeal to observe lockdown

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 1 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has appealed to all sections of people of the State to observe the lockdown ordered by the Government to prevent the spread of coronavirus and assured that it would extend all required help to the administration in this hour of crisis.

AASU also called upon the Government to strictly impose the lockdown in view of the coronavirus cases detected in the State and appealed to all the persons who returned from attending the religious congregation in Nizamuddin to report to the authorities so that they can get themselves screened properly.

AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that at this time of crisis, everyone should abide by the guidelines issued by the Health Department not only to protect themselves but also to prevent spreading of the disease. He said AASU members have been helping the administration to distribute food and medicine among the needy. �The AASU members will continue to help the administration whenever necessary without breaking the lockdown norms,� he added.

Bhattacharya said that the State now has five laboratories certified by the Indian Council of Medical Research and as all the experts are calling for carrying out tests on as many suspected cases as possible, the Government should think of setting up laboratories in every district. He said that the Government can ask oil industries or tea companies for financial help in this regard. He welcomed the decision of the Government to set up five temporary hospitals and said that a number of persons involved with construction industry in the State have men and machinery, which can be utilized to carry out the job.

The AASU urged upon the Government to maintain the supply chain of essential items so that no person in the State is deprived of it and lauded the role played by all medical professionals in this hour of crisis.

Bhattacharya also pointed out that the outbreak of coronavirus has exposed the shortcomings of the health care system not only in Assam but in the entire country. After the situation improves, the Central and State Governments should start the process of improving the healthcare system on the basis of the experience gathered during the crisis, he added.

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