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Meghalaya health department refutes BJP MLA’s allegations

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 2 | Publish Date: 8/2/2020 1:22:57 PM IST

The Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Department on Sunday brushed aside allegations made by senior BJP legislator Sanbor Shullai, who had lashed out at the department accusing  it of failing in tackling COVID-19 situation in the State.

“Statement coming from people’s representative like Sanbor Shullai criticizing the health department means he is directly criticizing the Health Workers of the state which is not good at all as it might de-motivate them,” Director of Health Services (MI), Dr. Aman War told reporters.

The senior medical official, however admitted that there were some minor lapses in providing services to the people of the state and said, “the Health Department and its Health Workers were “very serious” in tackling the outbreak of COVID-19.” 

He pointed out that different departments of the government and the village durbars were all making a combined effort in tackling the situation.

 “You very well know the inputs are never only from health department. We have review meetings,” War said and added that under the guidance and leadership of State Health minister, AL Hek the health department was not concentrating in the headquarters, but throughout the state as a whole.

Interestingly, both Shullai and Hek are the only two BJP legislators who are part of the National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government in the State

“We are not to concentrate only in headquarters, we have to go out and talk and discuss with people at the ground level. We get inputs and we learn and we provide suggestions and also incorporate their suggestions,” he said.

“You have seen the sacrifice made by our health workers together with frontline workers, police, shnong...this sacrifice made by the frontline workers will ensure we win the battle. In this fight of ours, we have our own shortcomings. We go to many places, we take back suggestions and also issue advisories. We had gone across the state. Each and every visit of ours is not lip service but service given from the heart,”  War asserted.

 “Now after all this hard work, at times we get stones thrown at us. To say that we have failed is wrong. We are not going to listen to anything that is negative and de-motivates us. Morale of our workers is very high,” he iterated. 

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