GUWAHATI, March 20 - Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi has appealed to all people of the State to support and adhere to Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s call for voluntary observance of a self-imposed �Janata Curfew� on Sunday.
The Governor also urged all to stay at home from 7 am to 9 pm on that day and lend a helping hand in efforts to save the country from the scourge of novel coronavirus outbreak by containment, control and roll-back of the spread of the pandemic.
Prof Mukhi said the global outbreak of COVID-19, a novel strain of virus, has had a cascading effect on humanity. Even nations with advanced health science are on their toes trying to study the nature of the virus and come out with an antidote, but have so far not been successful in developing any vaccine.
�In consonance with the request of the Prime Minister, we should stay at our home and follow social distancing. The third phase of the virus outbreak can be prevented or at least delayed only if we strictly follow the advisory given by the health and family welfare department,� he said.
�We should resolve to fight the pandemic, following scientific practices of self-health and hygiene and restrain oneself from social gathering and instead follow social distancing,� he added.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Finance Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma today called on Governor Mukhi at the Raj Bhavan and briefed him about the issues pertaining to the State.
The Chief Minister, along with the Health Minister, during the meeting, informed the Governor about various measures that the State government has taken to tackle the situation resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. Sonowal and Sarma also briefed the Governor on the status of different welfare projects that the State government has taken for all sections of people.
The Governor also requested the people at large to additionally take to traditional medicines and foods such as tulsi, giloi, ginger, lemon and turmeric that may be helpful in strengthening the immune system, which is key to an effective fight against the virus.
Prof Mukhi also asked all the officials concerned of the Government of Assam, various Central agencies serving in Assam and all volunteers and workers of social, religious and political organisations to put their men and materials on duty to encourage the people around to adopt adequate precautions. He further stated that everyone should work in unison to tackle the situation.