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DoNER Minister lauds NE States
SPL Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Oct 7 - Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh has lauded the North Eastern States for better COVID-19 management. Countrywide surveys conducted by impartial agencies have also testified to this, he said.

 The DoNER Minister stated this when Meghalaya Health Minister AL Hek called on him to discuss various COVID-19 related issues.

The Government of Meghalaya and other State governments have taken proactive steps from the beginning of the pandemic to break the transmission chain and strengthen the existing health systems to meet any surge in cases, the Union minister said.

It is not a small achievement that during the lockdown period, almost five out of eight States of the North East remained coronavirus-free and positive cases began to appear only after the movement of people started.

The DoNER Minister noted that just as the North East had emerged as a model of development in the last six years, it has emerged as a model for effective coronavirus management in the last six months.

The DoNER Ministry provided Rs 25 crore to the North Eastern States as a pre-emptive move even before the lockdown. Dr Singh referred to proposals from at least three North Eastern States to set up infectious disease hospitals as a futuristic step to meet any such epidemic in future.

He disclosed that sufficient supply of oxygen had been made available well in advance to all the peripheral territories, including North Eastern States. However, the effective arrangement and operation of ventilators ensured that there was not a single complaint from the North East of any patient having suffered on account of lack of oxygen. The Meghalaya Health Minister placed on record the State Government’s appreciation of the services rendered by ASHA and Anganwadi workers.

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