Sonowal in quarantine facility
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal in a quarantine facility at Dibrugarh. Image credit - Northeast Now

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday visited four quarantine facilities which were being readied as second-tier quarantine centres for COVID19 patients.

The four centres have been set up at MDK Kanoi College, the girls’ hostel of DHSK College, Kasturba Gandhi girls’ hostel at Dikom Parbati Devi ME School and Asom Bidyapith High School, Chabua in Dibrugarh.

Sonowal urged the people to strictly follow COVID19 protocols and appealed to those, who are being quarantined, not to violate any quarantine rules.

“Violation of quarantine norms does not only affect the patients but also jeopardizes the whole society and therefore, the government has no other option but to take action against those violators of home or institutional quarantine norms,” said the CM.

He also said the state government is taking steps to set up quarantine centres up to the panchayat level and urged the people of the state to extend wholehearted support to the government so that this outbreak of the global pandemic can be contained.

Saying that the state government is taking all necessary steps to bring back Assam’s people stranded in different parts of the country, Sonowal called on the people not to panic looking at the rising number of COVID19 positive cases as the state government is fully capable of handling the situation.

He urged the people to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the health department like mask wearing, frequent hand washing and maintaining social distance for achieving victory in this fight against COVID19.

The Assam chief minister requested the people not to discriminate against those who are infected by the deadly virus as nobody willingly becomes a virus carrier.

The chief minister also appreciated the roles played by MPs, MLAs and other public representatives for their efforts in creating awareness about COVID19 in their respective constituencies and for supervising the efforts of the district administration and the health department in this crucial period.

MLAs Prasanta Phukan, Rituparna Baruah, Terosh Gowala, Binod Hazarika, Dibrugarh deputy commissioner accompanied the chief minister among others during the visit.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com