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Outlet for face masks made by SHGs opens at Silchar

By Staff Correspondent

SILCHAR, May 4 - A face mask sale counter under the initiative of the Assam State Rural Livelihoods Campaign involving various self help groups was ceremoniously opened outside the office of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner on Sunday.

Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy inaugurated the counter in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Barnali Sarma and other officials. �The initiative taken during the current COVID-19 situation has created a vital source of income for members of SHGs during the lockdown,� Dr Roy said.

Sarma congratulated the SHG members for coming up with an inspirational initiative in times of such a crisis.

According to data received from the DIPRO, various SHGs have produced 1,26,778 masks, out of which 61,396 were sold, bringing a revenue of Rs 11,60,008, while 7,691 masks were distributed free of cost.

Cachar Zila Parishad president Amitabh Rai and CEO Deepshikha Dey, DRDA Special Executive Officer Rasraj Das, Soumitra Dey, DPM of the Block Mission Management, Cachar, and Assistant Commissioner Navanita Hazarika were present on the occasion.

Two medical teams at inter-state entry points: In anticipation of hundreds of people coming back home from across the country, the Cachar district administration has decided to station two medical teams at the inter-state entry points � Digarkhal, Lailapur and Jirighat � for screening of such persons.

NHM district media expert Suman Choudhury said door-to-door fever screening across urban and rural population, which was scheduled to start from May 5, has been postponed for now. The decision to postpone the services was taken following government instructions eyeing the proposed flow of home-bound persons, who also must be taken under the purview of the screening. �We have called for recruiting more MBBS doctors, nurses and cleaners who would be required to strengthen the existing medical teams,� Choudhury said.

It may be mentioned here that at present, the Cachar district health department has a strength of 183 doctors, including the Joint Director of Health Services, 424 GNM staff and around 600 ANMs.

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