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Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Wednesday informed the state government will soon come up with basic guidelines and protocols to ensure that people do not let down their guards in the fight against COVID-19 during this festive season.
“The festive season has already begun and the festive mood will pick up during this month. We felt it is necessary to come up with basic guidelines and necessary protocols to ensure that people are safe. We have seen there is a tendency among people to let down their guards during the festive season,” Sangma told reporters here today.
Keeping this in mind, Meghalaya chief minister said the government has directed the Deputy Commissioners to hold meetings with different stakeholders and get their feedback on how they can deal with the COVID-19 situation during the festive season.
“Probably within a week, we would be able to come up with basic guidelines and protocols after consultation with various stakeholders is completed,” Sangma said.
He said that while Christmas is a time where all of us are in the festive mood, the citizens should be alert and adhere to all the health protocols.
“We need to keep the discipline and the safety aspects and strictly follow the protocols which we had been maintaining for the past many months,” the Meghalaya chief minister said.
Referring to the sporting activities that have been permitted, Sangma said, “Football matches have taken place and, few more outdoor games will be allowed to take place. We have reviewed the number of safety cases."
He said that they had also reviewed the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State and, the overall trend is coming down.
CM ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
When asked about the vaccination for COVID-19, Sangma said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently had a meeting with all the Chief Ministers to discuss on this issue.
PM Modi had directed all the States to ensure that system and logistics are put in place to implement the vaccination process as and when the vaccines are approved by the scientists and overall regulatory authorities, he added.
According to him, medical and frontline workers would be the first to be immunised in Meghalaya during the first phase.
The immunisation exercise would be carried out in a more structured manner, and people can go to the closest health centre to receive their vaccination.
"We are very much ready, and we have directed the Deputy Commissioners to put in place the facilities. We expect it will require two dosages for each individual. But we are still waiting for the final information," Sangma said.
“We hope that this will happen very soon. As the State, we should be ready to implement the immunisation exercise effectively,” the chief minister added.
(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)