HAILAKANDI, April 9 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Hailakandi district on Wednesday.
Reviewing the preparedness of the district administration with senior officials, heads of departments and MPs and MLAs at the Deputy Commissioner�s conference hall here, Sonowal asked everyone to work unitedly and resolutely in the fight against COVID-19.
�It�s a long drawn out battle against COVID-19 and everyone must rise in unison to overcome the huge challenge posed by the virus worldover,� said Sonowal, adding that the contagious virus knows no religion, no region, no caste, creed or religion, poor or rich, and transcends all the geographical barriers.
He said that he is engaged in holding talks with religious leaders so that people of all faiths stick to the lockdown guidelines and not assemble in places of worship.
The Chief Minister said social distancing and avoiding gatherings are the only way out to arrest the spread of the virus. �As there is no vaccine, the only way out to prevent spread of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is maintaining social distancing and avoiding gatherings,� he said.
Sonowal asked the administration to ensure uninterrupted flow of essential commodities and power supply during the lockdown period. He instructed the administration to take stern action against those posting objectional posts in the social media that can flare up communal tension and create stumbling blocs in the fight against COVID-19.
�The government will not tolerate any objectional posts in the social media and stern action will be taken against the offenders,� he warned.
The Chief Minister instructed the administration to reach out to the poorest of the poor and provide the much-needed respite during the unprecedented situation. Sonowal pointed out that the Rs 1,000 in cash to the people without ration cards should go to the genuine people only.
Sonowal told the health authorities to provide proper training to the nurses and front line workers to tackle COVID-19 pandemic and to provide them the best of facilities during their quarantine period. The Deputy Commissioner apprised the Chief Minister about the steps taken for screening of people who have from outside and constant surveillance and monitoring of the over 1,500 people under home quarantine.
Superintendent of Police Pabindra Kumar Nath apprised the Chief Minister about the security measures taken, quarantine facility for police personnel and awareness campaigns.