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Khandu calls for utmost vigil along border with Assam

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, May 5 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said that every effort must be made to ensure that the State remains in the Green Zone.

�The main focus of the Government has to be in making the 12 entry points along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border foolproof so that no case of coronavirus slips into the State. This must be achieved through a strong team effort from the State Health Department, respective district administrations and the police,� Khandu said while visiting the control centre of the State Task Force on COVID-19 at the Directorate of Health Services at Naharlagun today.

Khandu held a meeting with the Task Force officers who briefed him on the proposed road map for fighting coronavirus and other similar diseases on a long-term basis. The Chief Minister said that his Government�s priority would be to build robust health infrastructure and facilities in the State, adding that all funds from the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme and the North Eastern Council would be diverted to the Health sector this year.

On the shortage of doctors across the State, the Chief Minister called for rationalisation of medical staff. He requested the doctors� fraternity to prepare a proposal for improvement of health facilities in the State.

Earlier, Khandu, along with a high-level official team, inspected the quarantine facility at the Police Training Centre at Banderdewa to check sanitation, quality of food and medical facilities, arrangements for screening of returnees, separate dormitories for men and women, etc. He also inspected the swab collection kiosks.

Arunachal Pradesh has remained a COVID-19-free State so far after a patient who was detected last month, was discharged from hospital after treatment.

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