GUWAHATI, July 20 - Focusing on the rising recovery rate in aiding continuous decline in active cases, Press Information Bureau, Guwahati today organised an online round table discussion on COVID-19 management in Assam.
The participants of the round table included Dr Ratna Kanta Talukdar and Dr Syed Tanwir Alam, medical professionals, who have been awarded by Indian Medical Association (IMA) for effective COVID management in the State.
Dr Manoj Choudhury, Executive Director of National Health Mission, Assam, also shared his views and deliberated upon the COVID scenario in the State.
Taking part in the round table, Dr Choudhury spoke on the steps taken by National Health Mission to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that initially Assam did not have much COVID cases but as time passed cases had increased.
�The only way to control the situation was to do testing, tracing and isolating the infected person. Earlier, giving test reports on time was a challenge for the State as there were not enough testing labs. But today, there are more labs functioning in the State and some more labs are to start functioning soon,� he said.
Speaking about the COVID-19 management, Dr Ratna Kanta Talukdar, Head of Department, O&G, Guwahati Medical College Hospital, said that all the health workers starting from the grassroots working tirelessly to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the State. Saying that Assam was one step ahead of COVID so far, Dr Talukdar said that the State government was ensuring all required testing and quarantine facilities for the people. He added that all necessary drugs were available in the State. Plasma therapy is also available in Guwahati Medical College and Hospital and the collection of plasma is also under process.
Dr Syed Tanwir Alam highlighted the COVID-19 scenario in the State and said that each and every COVID warrior was working day and night from the front. He added that the recovery rate in the State was very high because the best possible treatment was being given to the COVID-infected people.
�Rapid testing that has been started in the State is helping people to get the result in less than half-an-hour,� he said.
Earlier, LR Vishwanath, Head of North East Zone, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in his opening remarks, said that doctors were playing a vital role in fighting the pandemic efficiently. Keerti Tiwari, Joint Director, PIB, Guwahati, delivered the welcome address and Smita Saikia moderated the roundtable.