Silchar, May 15: Minister of Forest, Environment and Excise Parimal Suklabaidya who is in-charge minister of COVID-19 management in Barak Valley interacted with officials of Cachar District Administration and Health department and authorities of Silchar Medical College and Hospital and reviewed the scenario on Saturday.
Along with most of the MLAs of the constituencies of Cachar district, Suklabaidya took stock of the issues faced by the COVID-19 patients when brought to the SMCH. In the meeting, Silchar MLA Dipayan Chakraborty raised the issue of the alleged incident of "unauthorised vaccination" at the SM Dev Civil Hospital which has been a national concern. Under the circumstances, Suklabaidya listened to the clarification given by concerned officials of the hospital and made it clear that the matter would be probed and if anyone is found guilty should be accorded punishment at the earliest.
He urged the District Administration and officials engaged in the vaccination drive to chalk out ways for equitable distribution of vaccination so that most areas could be covered. Later talking to media, Suklabaidya informed that the COVID-19 situation across Barak Valley must be brought under control and the elected representatives cutting across party line will work together towards the objective.
"The incident which occurred at the SM Dev Civil Hospital was raised by Silchar MLA and all of us at the meeting discuss the matter which should be probed at length and the lacuna must be addressed at the earliest. All the legislators of respective constituencies will visit the civil hospital and other health centres to take stock of the treatment facilities and report to the Government," the Minister said.
Asked on the infrastructural development and availability of oxygen at the SMCH, the Minister admitted that there is a lot to be done yet for which efforts are in process. Responding to the queries on whether a total lock down would be clamped if the situation worsens, Suklabaidya said "areas where COVID-19 positive cases would be diagnosed would be declared as micro containment zones.
However, if situation goes beyond grip, we would consider on clamping lockdown for the larger interest in the coming days. The Minister also reviewed COVID-19 scenario in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts as well and gave necessary directions to respective district administrations.
Echoing the Minister, Silchar MLA Dipayan Chakraborty said " considering the situation at the SMCH which is the sole hospital for providing COVID-19 treatment for patients coming from entire southern Assam, I have suggested that a lock down for the next 15 days is the need of the hour so that facilities do not get saturated resulting to any crisis." He was quick to add that COVID care centres must be formed at the earliest to lessen the patient load at the SMCH.