M’laya to involve community in handling COVID

SHILLONG, MAY 16: | Publish Date: 5/16/2021 2:01:15 PM IST


 In the midst of a Covid situation unfolding towards an upward trend, the Meghalaya government is foreseeing the peak of COVID-19 cases in the state, especially in the Shillong Agglomeration area, for which a Strategic COVID Response Plan is being drawn out and the department is currently working closely with members of civil society, especially the community based institutions.

Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Sampath Kumar said the role of the Community COVID-19 Management Teams (CCMTs) was vital in protecting the lives of the people of the state.

“Meghalaya and its people have led the fight against the pandemic on an exemplary note of participative governance. The second wave of COVID this year is graver and the need to wield a united-front to combat the COVID crisis is even more important,” he underlined.

He informed that during consultation with some community-based organizations held recently, the urgent need was felt to form a ‘Government-Community Covid Response Coordination Committee’ (GCCRCC) to be steered by the state government.

“The proposal and drafting of the modalities is underway, for stakeholders to systematically respond to the crisis on a war footing. In the Urban Areas, the Zone-wise demarcation under the charge of the Magistrate and supported by a doctor and the CCMTs will continue. At this juncture, the scope of operations for this working structure will be enhanced with more empathetic community participation,” Kumar said.

The network will involve key stake holders like the traditional headmen - Rangbah Shnong, Nokmas, the respective district administration and municipal bodies, Welfare Societies, Police, faith-based organizations, health workers, student organizations, journalists, sports and social welfare organizations, relevant government departments and other members of civil society, he said.


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