APDA launches mask campaign

AALO, Apr 12: Appreciating doctors for playing a proactive role in controlling Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, West Siang deputy commissioner Swetika Sachan urged them not to have any casual approach to Govt. directives as young and older generation are prone to the disease due to low immunity.

Advisory on compulsory use of masks will soon be issued and awareness on prohibiting random spitting on ground and floor is essential to prevent contamination, she said after launching mask campaign for the district, initiated by West Siang unit of Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) here on Saturday.

Doctors will be bit hesitant to treat COVID-19 patients without masks in an endemic situation, APDA president-cum-DMO Dr. Moli Riba said that and announced all out efforts despite lack of manpower and other facilities to contain the virus. He urged all to disseminate the information. The district hospital will manage to provide masks to all patients and try to reach out to all in future, he added.

ATPWDS Chairman Kento Ete, who handed over Rs.30, 000 to health department on the spot, said termed present situation as testing time for many NGOs to come forward and lend their helping hands to fight against endemic COVID-19.

Highlighting the importance and proper way of using the mask, DSO Dr. Jombom Kato stressed on making use of wearing masks in public places as a habit on the line of practice followed in some of the developed counties of the world. Homemade masks donated should be routed through health department for sanitizing them before use.

APDA general secretary Dr. Olen Tatak lauded all philanthropists who are involved in supporting doctors with voluntary donations either in cash or homemade masks to the hospitals.

Mothers Vision donated 50 masks and 10 sanitizers to local police station and 50 masks and 20 hand washes to De-addiction cum Rehabilitation Centre here while local Art of Living unit have been providing water and refreshment to police and doctors manning the Hissam check gate. (DIPRO)

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