GUWAHATI, April 19 - The State Government has provided $1,000 each to 230 people from Assam stranded in abroad and provided Rs 25,000 each to 610 people undergoing treatment in other states for cancer, kidney and heart ailments during the lockdown, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said while speaking to the media at the office of National Health Mission (NHM) here on Sunday.
Sonowal said that the State government was very much concerned about the people from Assam stuck in different states of the country and abroad and has taken several steps to alleviate their difficulties.
Today, Sonowal held a review meeting at the NHM head office which has been made the control room for fighting coronavirus. Appreciating the roles played by Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika, Sonowal said that the timely and the swift action taken by the health department has instilled a sense of belief and confidence among the people of the State to succeed against coronavirus.
Saying that the health department has showed exemplary performance by setting up infrastructure, arranging logistics etc in a record time, the Chief Minister said that he himself witnessed the upbeat mood among the health workers because of the decisive and timely steps taken by the department. He urged the health department officials to carry on this momentum so that victory can be achieved over COVID-19.
In the meeting, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma gave a detailed presentation about the various activities being carried out to contain coronavirus outbreak in the State and said that Assam would face a critical phase in this fight when people would start coming back to State after the lockdown is lifted. Informing about the formulation of Quarantine Release Policy and setting up of Quarantine Discharge Board in the State, the Health Minister said that the Health department has taken steps for providing medicine at the door steps of people.