Friday may be game changer for Assam’s fight against COVID-19
Published on April 9, 2020 | News Source: Bijay Sankar Bora
Guwahati, 9 April: Tomorrow, April 10 will be a game changer for Assam government’s relentless fight against COVID-19 pandemic as the face of close to 75,000 persons who will complete 14-day mandatory quarantine this midnight, will be examined to know their status.
“Health workers are out to conduct tests on those about 75,000 persons who have been under quarantine in various camps as well as in home post lock-down. Our discharge dashboard will work throughout the night. Those who will be found free of any symptoms of coronavirus infection will be set free of quarantine. The picture will become clear tomorrow and if over 70,000 people remain free of symptoms it will be a morale booster to our fight against COVID-19,” state Health Minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said during his visit to a quarantine centre at Srirampur in Kokrajhar district on Thursday.
The minister visited the quarantine camp at Srirampur gate along the Assam-Bengal border on Thursday and interacted with the people who had come from outside the state but were stranded at the border – Srirampur and Boxirhat – following imposition of the 21-day lockdown on the midnight of March 24, 2020.
Doctors from medical colleges in Guwahati, Barpeta and Kokrajhar civil hospital screened patients at the Srirampur quarantine camp on Thursday.
“Next, we have to decide on how to bring those currently stranded outside Assam to the state in a disciplined manner,” Dr Sarma said.