ITANAGAR, March 1: The members of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, irrespective of their party affiliations, today showered praise on the Pema Khandu-led government for its fight against the novel coronavirus and its proactive efforts to curb the deadly virus. The frontier State, at present, has zero active Covid case.

Participating in the discussion on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, senior Congress legislator Ninong Ering said that notwithstanding all limitations, the way the Pema Khandu-led government had tackled the COVID-19 pandemic was appreciable.

“During Covid pandemic, the way our Arunachal government headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu handled the situation was commendable,” Ering said.

He said, “COVID-19 became a blessing in disguise, because in our hospitals now there are facilities of ICU and ventilators. If any pandemic-like situation arises in future, we will ably tackle it.”

He also appreciated health workers, police and civil administration, NGOs, elected representatives, civil society organisations and public leaders for their role in the fight against COVID-19.

The Congress lawmaker also lauded the Centre for providing free rations under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Advocating a ‘fair’ distribution of funds allocated under the massive Rs 400-crore package for the infrastructure development of all health facilities across the State, the Pasighat West MLA demanded the government to provide funds for the State’s only Referral Hospital (FRU) at Ruksin in East Siang district.

He also suggested the government to pay attention to the development of roads in far-flung border areas.

Another Congress lawmaker Wanglin Lowangdong congratulated all the healthcare workers and frontline warriors who have rendered their yeoman services for humanity by risking their own life and safety.

“Due to the hard work of our Covid warriors, we have zero active case at present. However, that does not mean that we have to be complacent and unguarded. Guard is to be always there because this virus has raised its head in different places in different variants. So, care is the utmost concern for all of us,” he said.

The senior lawmaker said, “The Covid situation in the State has really awakened our government and the people and concerns of our health. Although some good works have been initiated or being contemplated to do so, we still need a long way to go. The journey is arduous, difficult and the goal is yet to be reached. ‘Health for all’ should be our motto.”

Talking about his home district, Lowangdong said that District Hospital Khonsa, which has been declared as general hospital, unlike other general hospitals, doesn’t have OT facility. Only a few specialists have been posted there and for minor operations, even now, people have to travel to neighbouring Assam. He suggested that the State must have a “robust” healthcare system which will provide the basic health facilities for healthy growth of our citizens.

While mentioning that TCL (Tirap, Changlang and Longding) districts have been suffering immensely for last 25 years due to rise of insurgency, he said, “People of these three districts have undergone a tremendous pain and they need a healing touch,” while adding that “the government must give a proper emphasis and plan for these three districts”.

NPP MLA Tarin Dakpe, while appreciating the Khandu-led government for ‘effectively’ handling the Covid situation, suggested about priority for creation of health infrastructure in the newly-created five districts, including his native district, Kamle.

BJP member Laisam Simai said that despite limited healthcare facilities, financial constraints, the Pema Khandu-led government has performed exceptionally well in tackling Covid pandemic.