KOKRAJHAR, April 26 - State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday visited Kokrajhar to review the present situation and to check the preparedness against COVID-19 pandemic.
During his visit, Sarma inspected some quarantine centres at Kokrajhar and checked an under-construction quarantine camp for more than 1000 people at SAI Complex Kathalguri in Kokrajhar.
He expressed the hope that the quarantine camps would bolster the State government�s fight against COVID-19.
Talking to mediapersons, Dr Sarma said that any person found positive case would be sent strictly to the hospital.
So far nearly 1.5 lakh people stranded out of State were given away financial support from the State Government and it was taking stern measures to combat the coronavirus in the State, he said.
Several quarantine centres have been set up in different districts of Assam including Kokrajhar, he said. He also informed that till date over 5 lakh people are stranded out of the State due to nationwide lockdown.
Dr Sarma was accompanied by BTC Chief Hagrama Mohillary, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika, Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, minister Smt Pramila Rani Brahma among others.
It may be mentioned hear that on Friday Dr Sarma had announced that surveillance in Kokrajhar district will be intensified as it shares border with West Bengal.
NTPC distributes masks, sanitisers: The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) situated at Salakati in Kokrajhar has also come forward to join the fight against COVID-19 by distributing masks and sanitisers here at Kokrajhar.
Anil Chawla, AGM, HR, NTPC, Bongaigaon distributed masks and sanitisers among the members of Kokrajhar Press Club (KPC) at KPC premises at Kokrajhar.
On the same day, the NTPC also distributed masks and sanitisers among the railway officials of Kokrajhar Railway Station, Salakati Railway Station and Basugaon Railway Station. Senior Manager Tridip Roy Barman (FM) and Senior Manager (HR) DS Kumar of NTPC, Bongaigaon actively took part in the mask and sanitiser distribution programs along with other officials.
Talking to mediapersons Chawla said that NTPC has taken some efforts for community welfare in the district against the current pandemic of COVID-19.
At the same time he also informed that a total of 300 food packets were handed over to the district police authorities of Kokrajhar and the same were distributed at Satyapur village in Gossaigaon subdivision.
It may be mentioned here that as part of various initiatives undertaken for community welfare NTPC Bongaigaon recently distributed food packets to the villagers of nearby villages of the power station namely Henabill, Naljibari and Bhumiki in Kokrajhar district.
A large number of needy families were benefited from the programme. The distribution programme was done in association with district police and civil administration.
It may further be mentioned here that NTPC Bongaigaon is running in full strength and its three units fully operational to cater to 24x7 power supply as part of essential services during the times of lockdown. Necessary measures have also been taken to counter the COVID-19 pandemic which includes cent percent thermal scanning at the entrance gate.