Minister of Assam for Environment and Forest, Fisheries and Excise, and the current appointed guardian minister of Hailakandi, Karimganj and Hojai, Parimal Suklabaidya in a meeting with Deputy Commissioner, MP, MLAs, representatives of political parties and officials of concerned departments at DC's conference hall in Karimganj on Saturday, May 29 reviewed the COVID-19 situation and the number of measures, initiated by the district administration to contain the pandemic.
Minister Suklabaidya stressed on containing the COVID-19 pandemic in the district and reaching out to the patients in home isolation and COVID Care Centres in the best manner possible. He directed the Deputy Commissioner to ramp up the vaccination drive and begin opening more vaccination centres based on the availability of vaccines in the district. The district at present has 23 vaccination centres. "More vaccination will automatically lead to containment of the disease", asserted Suklabaidya.
He then emphasized the need to construct COVID Care Centres within the tea garden areas and build more vaccination centres to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Deputy Commissioner, Khageswar Pegu informed Minister Suklabaidya that directions have already been delivered to the tea garden management to set up COVID Care Centre with a 10-15 bed capacity with no less than two oxygen support beds in garden hospitals for the plantation workers, affected by the disease. Deputy Commissioner, Khageswar Pegu revealed that 6 out of 18 tea gardens are yet to make COVID Care Centres functional.
Evaluating the availability of oxygen in the district, Minister Suklabaidya instructed the Deputy Commissioner to exercise pressure on the contractor and the officials of PWD Building to hasten the civil work and for the installation of machines to make it wholly operational. Regarding this, Deputy Commissioner, Khageswar Pegu notified the Minister that the civil work would be completed within two to three days and installation of machines, with technicians arriving from Mumbai, will be completed in the next 25 days.
Suklabaidya urged the MLAs to spread awareness in their respective constituencies on the government SoPs to help curb the Pandemic. The Deputy Commissioner requested the Minister to discuss the sanctioning of funds for setting up an oxygen plant in the district with Keshab Mahanta, Minister for Health and Family Welfare.
The Minister instructed the Deputy Commissioner to ensure BPL families in home isolation be provided with ration by the government for May and June. He also advised the Deputy Commissioner to formulate modalities in consultation with line departments for delivering ration to non-NFSA beneficiaries out of the 10% awarded by The Finance Commission for COVID expenditure.
Minister Suklabaidya advised the officials of concerned departments to function as a team to rid the Karimganj district and the state as a whole of COVID-19. The Deputy Commissioner, while delivering an overview of the COVID pandemic situation, asserted that the rise of positive cases have been observed in the Badarpur area and the administration has authorized to build micro containment zones to stop the spread of the virus. He disclosed that the district has documented 31 COVID deaths with an overall positivity rate of 3%. Deputy Commissioner Khageswar Pegu informed the Minister that the positivity rate has climbed from 3% to 5.3% in the past 10 days with a growth in the death toll in the past couple of days and mentioned that the focus of the administration is on speeding up vaccination in tea gardens and urban areas.
The review meeting was attended by MP, Kripanath Mallah; MLAs Abdul Aziz, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, Bijoy Malakar and Krishnendu Paul; Chairman, AIDC, Mission Rajan Das; SP, Mayank Kumar; DDC, ADCs, COs, President and CEO, Zilla Parishad and officials of Health and other line departments.
The end of the meeting observed a one-minute silence for eternal peace of deceased MLAs, Majendra Narzary and Leho Ram Boro, who passed away due to COVID-19 complications, and all those who succumbed to the disease.