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Union Health Minister reviews COVID-19 of NE states in Guwahati

GUWAHATI: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday announced a special package of more than Rs 1,352.92 crores for the Northeastern States to strengthen its health infrastructure to fight the Covid-19 pandemic effectively.

On Tuesday, Mandaviya chaired a review meeting on public health response to COVID-19 with the Health Ministers of Northeast States in Guwahati. The Minister arrived in Guwahati with a Central Team to review the COVID-19 situation in the region.

“Utilising this fund, the states can enhance the health facilities to combat the pandemic more aggressively”, the minister said.

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The minister also said that this fund will assist the States to procure medicines, keep buffer stock, for keeping the adequate stock of oxygen and creation of sufficient numbers of beds in hospitals at district and local levels including beds for ICUs. The Minister assured that the Centre will ensure regular supply of vaccines to the States of Northeast so that maximum numbers of people are vaccinated within the next few months.

In the meeting, along with the Health Minister of Assam Keshav Mahanta, Ministers from other states of the Northeast gave an overview of the Covid situation and their strategies to combat the pandemic in their respective states through brief presentations.

Health Ministers of Sikkim, Mizoram and Nagaland were present in today’s deliberation, while the Education and Law Minister of Tripura and Adviser of Chief Minister, Manipur represented their respective States in the review meeting.

Senior officials of the State Government and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare were present in the meeting.

Talking to the media, Mansukh Mandaviya also informed that in-depth discussions were held during the review meeting where state Health Ministers offered their suggestions to combat the pandemic better in this region and to achieve vaccination for their people at the shortest possible time.

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