GUWAHATI, June 3 - Perhaps for the first time, Assam is facing a pandemic with such huge preparedness and for the past three months, the whole government and administrative machinery have been concentrating on containing the spread of COVID-19.
From the beginning, all health workers in Assam have been working relentlessly by putting their lives at risk. Even in some cases, some of them also got infected by the virus and a few of them are still undergoing treatment.
Amid the war against the pandemic, sharing his experience as a frontline warrior, a laboratory technician, who has collected several swab samples from people coming from outside the State, stated the need for proper and adequate training.
�For the first time, we are fighting a pandemic. As a frontline warrior, I feel very proud. I think it is the best service I could offer to my motherland. But from my experience, I strongly believe that we are yet to get the proper training to face such a medical emergency,� he said during a telephonic interview with The Assam Tribune.
He said especially the laboratory technicians in Assam are working at the swab collection centres without having proper training and so, they are at high risk of getting infected by the virus for which no medicine is available till date.
�In the first stage, we had worked from 7 am to 11 pm daily. Now, the number of staff has increased and the flow of people has decreased. Again, we have also faced issues regarding PPE kits and gloves,� he alleged. He also said that some PPE kits and gloves are not in the proper size, which increases the risk of infection. He appealed to the state government to look into the issue seriously as the disease could easily transmit from one person to another.