Gangtok, January 28: (IPR) A meeting was convened today by the State Chief Secretary Shri S.C Gupta to discuss the State’s preparedness with regard to the Corona Virus. The meeting was attended by Director General of Police, Shri A. Shankar Rao, Principal Secretary, Health Department, Shri K. Shreenivasulu, and heads of concerned departments namely RDD, Transport Department, UDHD, Commerce & Industries, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Animal Husbandry, Information & Public Relations, representatives of Travel Agents Association of Sikkim, Sikkim Hotels and Restaurant Association, Drivers’ Association and other stakeholders.
Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta in his address said that the meeting was convened to seek preventive measures and caution against any suspected case of Corona Virus, and to assess the preparedness for prevention of any outbreak. He urged the heads of departments and all stakeholders to be alert and work in close coordination.
DG cum Principal Director- Health, Dr. P.T Bhutia briefed about the current status of Corona Virus and countries affected by it, and also apprised about the precautionary measures already in place under the supervision of the State Health Department, especially in the border areas of Rangpo and Singtam, and parts of West Sikkim. He also laid down the Do’s and Dont’s for everyone to take into serious consideration for effective prevention. Dr. Bhutia reiterated that there was no need to panic as the Virus has not entered India. He, however, maintained that any symptom of Corona Virus, such as running nose, severe cold and cough should immediately be reported, and facilitated to the nearest health facility.
All the heads of departments along with the DGP informed about their responsibilities in spreading awareness and disseminating information in their respective sectors.