AIZAWL, March 27 - Medical fraternity in Mizoram today heaved a sigh of relief as 10,900 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), 10,000 N-95 masks, 200 infrared sensors and 900 shoe covers arrived at the Lengpui Airport in a chartered flight. Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana said the Mizoram Government chartered the Air India Cargo Airbus-319 to ship the consignment at a cost of Rs 16 lakh and Mizoram was the first State in the North East to charter an aircraft to bring PPEs.
Besides, another consignment of 400 PPE sets, 1,000 litres of hand sanitisers, 1,000 caps, 1,000 shoe covers, 700 non-woollen materials and 179 surgical gowns are being shipped from Guwahati by road.
�Following an earnest request made by our Chief Minister to the Home Ministry, we are the first North Eastern State to get a chartered flight for PPE sets,� he said.
Due to the shortage of PPE sets and possible outbreak of COVID-19, medical staff at the Champhai district Civil Hospital had already stitched their own PPE suits from polythene sheets they bought from the market. Some local designers have also offered help to the Government to stitch PPE suits.
Meanwhile, all the 10 latest samples sent for test, including those of the family members of the first and the only COVID-19 patient of Mizoram, have tested negative.
Doctors said the COVID-19 patient being treated at the Zoram Medical College is recovering well.