GANGTOK, March 16 - Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) chaired a high-level meeting of all Cabinet ministers, MLAs, state administration officials led by the Chief Secretary and various stakeholders of the hospitality sector to deliberate on immediate measures to be taken by the state to prevent the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Sikkim.
It may be mentioned that the State of Sikkim has not reported a single case of COVID 19 till date, and the Government is taking all possible measures to prevent any outbreak.
At the outset, Chief Secretary SC Gupta gave an overview of the current situation, how the Government of Sikkim is managing the situation, and further steps needed to be taken to handle it effectively. He stressed that the rate at which the virus is spreading exponentially, there is no room for any complacency. He, however, maintained that there is no need for any panic either.
He explained in detail the initiatives being taken by the Government at various levels, starting with the screening of visitors and commuters from the State borders.
He stressed on the need for community surveillance, responsible use of social media, medical training and preparedness of medical staff deputed.
He said that the quarantine wards at old STNM, New STNM, CRH, Ayush Hospital Geyzing, Namchi District Hospital and Army Hospital seem adequate for the time being. He, however, proposed to convert Government establishments on the outskirts or slightly isolated places into isolation wards to cater to a larger population.