A meeting chaired by Sikkim chief secretary S C Gupta was convened on Tuesday to discuss the State’s preparedness with regard to the Coronavirus.

The meeting was attended by director general of police, A Shankar Rao, principal secretary, Health Department, K Shreenivasulu and heads of concerned government departments and representatives of Travel Agents Association of Sikkim, Sikkim Hotels and Restaurant Association, Drivers’ Association and other stakeholders.

In his address, the chief secretary said the meeting was to seek preventive measures and caution against any suspected case of Coronavirus, and to assess the preparedness for prevention of any outbreak.

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He urged the heads of departments and all stakeholders to be alert and work in close coordination.

DG cum principal director – Health, Dr P T Bhutia briefed about the current status of Corona Virus and countries affected by it.

He also apprised about the precautionary measures already in place under the supervision of the State Health Department, especially in the border areas of Rangpo and Singtam, and parts of West Sikkim.

He also laid down the do’s and dont’s for everyone to take into serious consideration for effective prevention.

Dr Bhutia reiterated that there was no need to panic as the virus has not entered India.

He, however, maintained that any symptom of Corona Virus, such as running nose, severe cold and cough should immediately be reported, and facilitated to the nearest health facility.

All the heads of departments along with the DGP informed about their responsibilities in spreading awareness and disseminating information in their respective sectors.

Sagar Chhetri

Sagar Chhetri is Northeast Now Correspondent in Gangtok. He can be reached at: sagchhetri@gmail.com