The Minister of Health and Education in Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma held a press conference on Saturday at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. The minister informed that he had had a talk with the Secondary Education Board of Assam and urged them to arrange Parents-Teachers meetings in order to discuss the advantages and the disadvantages, in case the exam gets postponed.
The decision is however going to be taken only after the new Government gets formed, as said by Sarma. The basis of the decision shall be the recommendation, submitted by the SEBA, AHSEC.
Sarma is of the opinion that the elementary schools in districts, with more than 100 active cases of COVID-19, should be shut down with immediate effect. He however leaves the decision with the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts. \"I leave it to the Deputy Commissioners to take the decision. Despite waiting for a letter from the Ministry, the Deputy Commissioners can themselves shut down the elementary schools in their respective districts, whenever the number of active COVID-19 cases crosses the mark of 100\", said Sarma.
Sarma further informed that Assam has more than 12,000 vials of Remdesivir injections available, and another 10,000 vials are on their way and will be available in the state by April. \"With 22,000 vials of the injection, Assam is well prepared to administer a dose for the first 5 days to every patient in April\", asserted Sarma. Besides, the Minister has also informed that for the month of May, the state has ordered 1 lakh vials, that will be made available in multiple consignments.
The Minister then informed that the daily requirement of Oxygen in the state is around 40 metric ton and more than 200 metric ton Oxygen is available. Thus, there is no shortage of the same.
\"The people above the poverty line will have to buy Remdesivir injections and those below the line will be a beneficiary to the injection, free of any cost\", informed Sarma. He further added, \"If a person is poor and does not have a desired card, can avail the benefit, on the basis of recommendations.\" About the cost of the injection, Sarma informed that Remdesivir is available for Rs. 4,000 in the market, but will be maid (made) available for Rs. 1,650 at the Government Medical Colleges and Health Centres.
Sarma asserted that the COVID-19 virus in Assam is the UK Variant, and not the double mutant. He said that this variant spreads faster and therefore, the people of Assam should stay very cautious, and not get in contact with travellers, from outside the state, as they are the suspected carriers of the virus.