SILCHAR, Aug 28 - As part of his visit to Barak Valley to assess the COVID-19 situation, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika met the bereaved families of COVID-19 victims.
On Thursday, Hazarika met the family members of late Samar Deb, a resident of Nutanpatty who succumbed to the disease. Hazarika also reached out to Sandip Paul at Smashan Road whose father Sachindra Paul died of the novel coronavirus, and expressed his sincerest condolences to the bereaved family. Later, Hazarika met Dr Kalpajyoti Bhattacharjee whose father late Kiran Sashi Bhattacharjee died due to COVID-19 and expressed his condolences to the bereaved family.
The Minister also visited the residence of former Union Minister Kabindra Purakayastha and inquired about his health.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Health) Sumit Sattawan, Joint Director Health Services Dr Sudip Jyoti Das and District Media Expert Suman Choudhury accompanied the Minister. Hazarika also inspected the COVID-19 Swab Testing Centre at the Cachar Cancer Hospital, the Green Heals Hospital and the Screening Centre at Teachers� Training College.
Hailakandi Correspondent adds: In Hailakandi, Pijush Hazarika, while chairing a review meeting with the Deputy Commissioner and other officials of the civil and police administrations at the DC�s conference hall, asked the administration to step up Rapid Antigen Tests to quickly identify positive cases and isolate them to arrest the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In view of a good number of cases under home isolation, Hazarika asked the Deputy Commissioner to oversee the arrangements at home � whether they are fulfilling all the criteria or not and to enquire into their health status.
Deputy Commissioner Megh Nidhi Dahal apprised the Minister about the steps being taken at the COVID Care Centres, including food. Dahal said arrangements are being made for smooth running of the centres, including installation of CCTVs. He also apprised Hazarika about the preparedness of the administration to deal with the COVID-19 situation.
The meeting was attended by Algapur MLA Nizamuddin Choudhury, Katigorah MLA Kishor Nath, District Development Commissioner Vikram Dev Sharma, ADC EL Faihraem, DDMA CEO RK Dam and senior police officials.
Later, addressing the media, Hazarika appealed to the people to voluntarily get their swab tested and not to sit at home if they develop any symptoms. �One should come to hospital immediately if they develop symptoms or else things would become complicated at an advanced stage even leading to death,� he said.
The Minister said the administration had to resort to lockdown to break the coronavirus transmission chain as �people did not come forward for swab tests and even fled. If the administration is going in for swab tests, it is for the good of the society. We are not for curtailing anyone�s democratic rights... what we are doing is for one�s own good and for the good of the society at large�.
In Hailakandi district, there were 102 persons under home isolation as on August 26.