Follow SOPs strictly to prevent spread of COVID-19: MLA Tashi

TAWANG, July 31: People of Tawang are interdependent and live like families with various forces deployed in the district, said Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and stressed the need to stand united to fight novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Addressing a coordination meeting of Indian Army, SSB, ITBP, SIB, SB, GREF, public leaders and students’ union leaders of Jang here on Friday  to review the situation due to recent finding of  few positive COVID-19 cases among Army and GREF Personnel, he said that large number of villagers work under GREF as laborers.

It becomes a matter of serious concern for all if a single member of any organization is infected, he said and stressed on strictly following the Govt prescribed SOPs to contain this virus.

Tashi, who got tested after arrival from Itanagar and made public appearance after he tested negative, said that the SOPs should be strictly followed for all civil returnees. Advocating that all should remain very serious and alert, he urged the Army, paramilitary and GREF to strictly adhere to SOPs and 28-day strict quarantine as extra measure to prevent spread of the virus.

He also urged the GREF authority not to curtail wages of laborers who have been home quarantined by administration after they came in contact with positive cases and also lauded all frontline workers for their dedicated service.

Tawang DC Sang Phuntsok, who explained the new SOPs, also conveyed his gratitude to all NGOs, public leaders and student leaders for their cooperation & contribution during this pandemic. Referring to a memorandum Jang villagers reflecting their serious concern due to finding of COVID-19 positive cases in GREF camp where many locals are. However, test results of maximum local laborers have come out negative so far.

During open discussion, Jang ADC, SDMO, senior public & students’ leaders urged various central paramilitary forces and GREF to follow SOPs and share any information related to returnees, including their staff to prevent spread of the virus.

Stressing on self retrospection, DC Phuntsok said “we have to learn from our faults and bring necessary corrective measures and thanked Jang villagers for being in forefront from day one to erect check gate at point of entry (POE) and provide free food for drivers during lockdown. (DIPRO)

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