GUWAHATI, April 26 - Amid the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today visited Mothers Old Age Home and State Home for Women here.
He interacted with the inmates at both the places, besides taking stock of their health and availability of food and medicines. He also distributed nutritious food items and sanitizers among the inmates.
While visiting Mothers Old Age Home at Hatigaon, the Chief Minister appreciated Monalisa Society that runs the Home for its humanitarian service. He said the service provided by the Society is very encouraging and a praiseworthy example of human compassion. He said the State government is extending all possible support in successfully running the Home.
Saying that the lockdown is being enforced to ensure good health and safety of the citizens, Sonowal said as elderly persons are believed to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, there is a need to ensure regular health check-up for them, besides providing nutritious food to boost their immunity.
The Chief Minister during his visit to the State Home of Women at Jalukbari here, which is run by the Social Welfare department, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi by declaring the nationwide lockdown has allowed the people to keep themselves safe through social distancing. He said keeping this in view, the Social Welfare department has been directed to ensure safety and wellbeing of the inmates staying in different shelter homes across the State.
Sonowal urged the inmates to keep themselves aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and remain fully alert. He informed them about the precautionary measures which are to be taken for self-protection against novel coronavirus infection.
Santana Das Mahanta, superintendent of State Home for Women, informed the Chief Minister that presently there are 77 inmates, out of which 22 are below 18 years. She said regular classes are being held for them by a home tutor. A few students attend school, and bridge course under SSA has also been introduced for the illiterate elderly inmates, she informed.
The Chief Minister, while returning from State Home for Women, also paid a short visit to the Assam Sishu Kalyan Sadan and interacted with the children at the centre.
Minister of Social Welfare department Pramila Rani Brahma and Chief Minister�s media adviser Hrishikesh Goswami were present during both the visits.