DOOMDOOMA, March 24 - When people of the entire nation are panic-stricken for dreaded coronavirus, the State Health department of Tinsukia district is facing shortage of doctors and equipment to combat this dreaded virus. Sadiya Sub-divisional Health Department of the district is gearing up to combat the situation with only one Thermo-scanner for the entire subdivision. Moreover, people of the subdivision have been suffering a lot due to the inadequate number of doctors in the health centres. The SDMO of Sadiya has been doing his duty at Tinsukia for the last few years.
Meanwhile, Dangari Community Health Centre of the district is also facing shortage of doctors. Only three doctors have been attending the patients in the CHC shift-wise. Due to the shortage of doctors, the CHC remains closed on Sundays. The CHC is also running with the shortage of medicines and equipment.
At Doomdooma CHC too, there is shortage of equipment and medicines. Today, when this correspondent visited the CHC and asked for some sanitiser and a mask, the staff on duty said that those were not available in the hospital. He also informed that he himself had purchased the mask that he was wearing.
Under the above circumstances if any person is found positive with COVID-19, it will be difficult for the Health department to control the situation. Hence, there is no alternative to taking self preventive measures to get rid of this virus.
Senior journalist and president of Tinsukia Zila Sahitya Sabha Arjun Baruah has appealed to all to follow the preventive measures and to confine themselves to home during the shutdown period.
Advocate Tarini Deka, working president of Doomdooma branch of Elora Vigyan Mancha has also appealed to people to stay at home and to follow all the preventive measures to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, residents of Phillobari Rangpur Mech Gaon of Tinsukia district have banned the entrance of outside people into the village for an indefinite period as a precautionary measure against the outbreak of coronavirus. The villagers have hanged a signboard at the entrance of the village in this regard.