ITANAGAR, Jul 7: A two-member central team has arrived in the state in view of surging cases of Covid 19. The team comprising Dr Somesh Thakur, associate professor Pulmonary medicine, AIIMS, Patna and Dr Sanjay Sadhukhan, Prof AIIH and PH, Kolkata is reviewing the preparedness of the state government and also interacting with the healthcare workers and health related institutions in the capital region..
Talking to press here after visiting dedicated covid hospital (DCH) here at Chimpu, Dr Somesh Thakur, associate professor Pulmonary medicine, AIIMS, Patna said the second wave has arrived late in the NE states in comparison to rest of the country. “There could be various reasons for it. However, the cases are continuing to rise and this is worrying,” said Dr Somesh Thakur.
He said the number of active Covid 19 cases is very high in the state considering the percentage of population. “This has exceeded the national average. It is a matter of concern and the central government is worried. That is why we have sent help to the state government,” he added.
Dr Thakur expressed satisfaction with the preparedness of the state government in tackling rising cases. “State machinery is doing good and the situation is under control for now. Of all, the pace of vaccination is quite good. It is proven that vaccines have reduced hospitalization and help to fight the severe cases. This will definitely aid if the third wave hits the state,” added Dr Somesh Thakur.
Dr Lobsang Jampa, the State Surveillance Officer (SSO), who was accompanying the central team informed the media that the team has visited TRIHMS, TRUENAT Lab and DCH. “Besides these visits, the central team has been interacting with officials of the health department right from secretary to bottom level. Lot of discussion focusing on pros and cons have been discussed. Team also interacted with doctors and gave valuable inputs,” said Dr Jampa.
The team also met the Chief Secretary on Tuesday evening and shared the views and suggestions. Before they have a meeting with the state task force at DHS Office, Naharlagun. Today the team also took part in video conferencing with all the district task force and shared views and suggestions to fight the Covid 19 pandemic so that we can reduce the chances of 3rd wave if it attacks. Dr Jampa added.
Dr. Tao Kaki and Dr. Tamar Paling among other senior medical fraternity were present during the visit to DCH Chimpu.