Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday reviewed the preparedness at Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills, in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

The Meghalaya chief minister visited the isolation centre at Tura and discussed various measures with the officials to ensure that essential commodities are made available to the public.

Sharing a video on his visit to Tura, the chief minister tweeted: “Reviewed the preparedness in Garo Hills at Tura in view of Coronavirus pandemic.”

“Also, visited the isolation centre in Tura and have discussed measures with officials to ensure that essential commodities are made available to the public,” he added.

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The Meghalaya chief minister said, “Today we made a tour of the isolation wards that have come up in Tura along with the health officials and other departments, basically the Coronavirus Task Force.”

Stating that efforts are on to create more than 300 isolation beds in Tura, the Meghalaya CM said, “We visited the various isolation centres and we are trying that 300 plus isolation beds are created here in Tura.”

The Meghalaya chief minister also had a meeting with the doctors and officials of the Tura civil hospital and had a discussion on the preparedness in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

Informing that two testing centres have come up in Tura, the chief minister said, “We are trying to create a full-fledged testing centre for Coronavirus (COVID19) in the Tura civil hospital which may take few more days because permissions will have to be taken from the ICMR.”

He also said they talked about the challenges being faced by the doctors in Tura.

Conrad Sangma said he assured them of providing the equipment, machinery and medicines required in the hospital.
The chief minister said he also had a discussion with the district administration and other officials and they were instructed to ensure that there is the supply of all the essential commodities.

“All the necessary discussions were done. I want to ensure the people of Tura and Garo Hills that there is no need to panic,” he said.

“The government is doing everything in its power to ensure that all the essential commodities are there and no inconvenience is caused to the people,” he added.

He urged the people to avoid coming out of their homes during the lockdown period.

The Guest House of MBoSE, SMELC and Isolation Ward of Tura Civil Hospital has been converted to deal with coronavirus related cases, said a government press release.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 midnight will end on April 14.

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Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma holds a review meeting on COVID19 preparedness in Tura.
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