Mizoram government has signed a 40 million US dollar ‘Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project’ with the World Bank to improve management capacity and quality of health services in the state, chief minister Zoramthanga said on Sunday.

Hoisting the National Tricolour at the Independence Day’s main function at the Assam Rifles ground, the Chief Minister said the third wave of Covid-19 was feared and the government is doing its best to be prepared for the worst.

He said that the medical experts have forewarned that the third wave may affect children more severely and therefore, special care units of HDU/SICU and NICU have been installed at Zoram Medical College and in the hospitals in the districts.

“I once again salute all the medical and healthcare personnel working round-the-clock to save lives,” Zoramthanga said.

He congratulated all the volunteers of the various task forces, NGOs, the Churches as well as the people of Mizoram for their support and conformity to the required standard operating procedure executed from time to time by the government for the safeguard and welfare of all.

Referring to the recent border troubles with neighbouring Assam, the Chief Minister assured the people of the state that no stone would be left unturned in order to promote, preserve and maintain peace and harmony amongst the people living in Assam and Mizoram, particularly in the border areas.

During the last one year, Rs 197.33 crore worth of illicit drugs and narcotics have been seized, he added.

Zoramthanga said that it is a matter of pride for Mizoram that the state’s star hockey player Lalremsiami as a member of the women’s team participated in the recent Tokyo Olympic Games, representing India.

“The state government has announced an award of Rs 25 lakh, along with offering a government job and a house site in her (Lalremsiami) native village under Kolasib district,” he said.

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