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Cong MLA alleges failure in COVID-19 management in Meghalaya
Staff Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Sept 16 - The COVID-19 patients of the Garo Hills depend on ambulances procured from Goalpara, Assam, as these are not available in their region to ferry patients referred to the NEIGRIHMS in the State capital.

 Alleging this today, Congress legislator and AICC secretary Zenith Sangma termed the pandemic management by the NPP-led State Government as a “complete failure”.

“Garo Hills patients have to get ambulances and drivers from Goalpara when they are referred to the NEIGRIHMS in Shillong. I called up the Director of Health Service who said he had no knowledge of the issue,” Sangma said.

The Congress MLA pointed out that ambulances and drivers are being procured from Goalpara with the knowledge of the district magistrates. He alleged that there is no coordination between the Government and the respective district magistrates.

“There is complete failure in management as there is no coordination between the Government and the respective district administrations and there is no road map. Different district administrations have different ideas to fight the virus,” he added.

Sangma said that during a meeting convened by the Speaker, the Opposition highlighted these issues, but the Government has not taken any proactive measures.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister tweeted a picture of a new ambulance on Tuesday, stating: “New ambulance under CM’s Relief Fund being handed over to authorities by MLA of Selsella, Ferlin CA Sangma at Selsella CHC”.

He also tweeted a picture of ambulances for Ri-Bhoi district with the caption: “Nine Ambulances and four Supervisory Vehicles were inaugurated in Ri-Bhoi. The vehicles were procured through funds from NITI Aayog as an award for the District’s performance and ranking in different sectors.”

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