High level level meeting chaired by CM for COVID-19 management solutions

High level  level meeting chaired by CM for COVID-19 management solutions
Picture Courtesy: IPR

Gangtok, April 23:

On April 22, Chief Minister P.S. Tamang conducted a high-level meeting, as reported IPR, at Samman Bhawan, in order to assess the state's current situation of COVID-19 and to take note of the state’s cautiousness towards it. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Ministers, Press Advisor to HCM, DGP, Additional Chief Secretaries, Heads of Departments, along with Health Department officials.

The meeting began with an overview to highlight the situation that needed urgent attention presented by the Chief Secretary, S.C Gupta. Followed by the officials of the Health Department giving a rundown of the status of Sikkim’s vaccination process and the medical preparedness against COVID-19. The officials of the Health Department during this meeting informed that the COVID-19 dedicated sector of the STNM Hospital, Sochaykhang has an adequate supply of 77 beds with oxygen and 40 beds without oxygen for less dire patients along with 8 ICU beds.

The Chief Minister P.S. Tamang in his address during the meeting called for the reconstitution of the State Task Force for ‘overall coordination and crisis management,’ while ordering the State Task Force to immediately set up an office and stark work so that the Task Force can start monitoring the movement of people from outside the state in all the border with coordination from the District Administration while laying an emphasis on the movement of the labor force coming from outside the state. Tamang also mentioned that the general Sikkimese public should also refrain from traveling outside the state unless unavoidable while issuing directives to make certain that all returnees should stay under home quarantine for the number of days that have been stimulated.

The meeting also went through the safety protocols which are in place for tourists and other visitors of the state and was decided that the officials of the Tourism Department would be assigned to monitor the movements of the tourists under the overall supervision of the District Collectors. 

The State Government on Thursday also released new measures which are to be regulated from April 26 which are as follows:
All government offices are to function with 50% staff members with the HoDs/ HoOs preparing an attendance roster accordingly, with all gazetted officers attending office regularly.
Government schools remain closed till May 31.
All persons which include returnees and locals other than tourists to undergo mandatory home quarantine of 10 days.
Government employees which include teachers above the age of 45 years old to ensure that they are vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccination done before May 1. 
Preliminary vaccination certificate mandatory for persons above the age of 45 years old to enter public office and to use and operate any public transport after May 1.