Chief Minister Dr Biswa Sarma in a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) reviewed the current COVID-19 situation in the state and advised them to back their COVID-19 testing policy with an aggressive vaccination strategy to maintain the decreasing number of positive cases in the state.
Emphasising the gradual decline in cases in line with the national average over the last few days, Chief Minister Sarma during the video conference asked the DCs and SPs not to drop their guard and maintain strict adherence to several restrictions to continue with the downslide of positive cases.
Chief Minister Sarma suggested vulnerability mapping should be done based on the block areas by the DCs as the positive cases are slowly drifting towards smaller towns, municipal areas and rural areas. He also recommended that concerted efforts on the part of the DCs should be displayed. The DCs accordingly must earmark priority vaccine areas to bring people from the rural areas under vaccination coverage. This strategy is hoped to help reverse the spread of the pandemic into rural and tea garden areas. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to reach total saturation in vaccinating the people in their respective districts.
Chief Minister Sarma assured adequate supply of vaccine doses will be provided in the upcoming days and asked the District Commissioners to prepare district-specific strategies to complete 100 percent vaccination. Finding out that quite a few Anganwadi Workers and helpers are still to be vaccinated, Chief Minister Dr Sarma asked the DCs to vaccinate the remaining Anganwadi workers and helpers urgently. He explained this would help in saving other vulnerable sections like divyangjans, children and lactating mothers who might contract the virus from them.
The Chief Minister directed the DCs and SPs to enforce the restrictions including curfew and restraint on inter-district movements to lower the positivity rate in their respective districts. He also asked the DCs of the districts where restrictions have been relaxed following drop in positive cases, to promulgate Section 144 to prevent the assembly of people and adopt measures, keeping in check the relaxation in the districts is not misused.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha, Principal Secretary Home Neeraj Verma, Principal Secretary Revenue Avinash Joshi, CEO ASDMA GD Tripathi, Mission Director National Health Mission Dr Lakshamanan S and other senior officers of the government.