KOLKATA, April 5 - Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into getting COVID-19 testing machines to North East and North Bengal on an urgent basis.
Bhutia said there is an urgent need for testing machines, especially in the North East.
�Also, I have been hearing, North East and North Bengal they are not properly equipped with precaution gear. And the equipment to test COVID-19 has not yet come, so they are not being able to test,� said the 43-year Sikkimese, rated as one of India�s finest strikers of all time.
�One lady in Kalimpong, she showed the doctor and she was given medicine for fever and all that. She was sent back by doctor. Now after 10 days she tested positive and then she expired. So, now in this area, she infected 10 of them and they have come positive yesterday. So, if test was there, things could have been much better,� he added.
Earlier this week, Bhutia had told IANS that he offered his building in Sikkim to the migrant workers in the state at a time they are struggling to reach their homes amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. � IANS