Amid lockdown in view of the COVID19 outbreak, the Tripura government imposed Essential Services Management Act (ESMA) on Thursday night.

Informing about ESMA being imposed in Tripura, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on his Facebook page posted: “In order to better manage COVID-19 outbreak in the interest of citizens, from today the Government has implemented the Essential Services Management Act (ESMA) with immediate effect in Tripura.”

It may be mentioned that some medical employees in the last two days have staged agitation demanding N-95 masks and quality gloves and PPEs.

The state administration did not take this agitation lightly.

On Thursday evening, the secretary to the health department of Tripura government told the reporters that 18 nurses have been served show cause notices for their behaviour.

He also told that their behaviour would create panic among other medical staff members.

And at night on Thursday, the chief minister said the state government has imposed ESMA to better manage Covid-19 outbreak situation in Tripura.

On Thursday, the chief minister along with the health officials reviewed the latest COVID19 situation and the preparedness in GBP Hospital.

He tweeted: “Inspected the stock of necessary medical equipment’s our preparations are in place to deal with any eventuality & our dedicated medical teams are working round the clock.”

On Thursday, the Tripura CM also telephonic conversation with Tripura’s only COVID19 positive patient during his visit to the GBP Hospital.

“The patient is under proper care. The condition of the patient is being improved. I pray for her speedy recovery,” the CM tweeted.

He also visited IGM hospital to review the COVID19 preparedness along with the health officials.

“Inspected the dedicated isolation unit and treatment center for COVID-19 which is being set up along with all necessary infrastructures,” the CM said after visiting the IGM hospital.

“We are fully prepared to deal in case of any eventuality,” he added.

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