Tripura Government Initiates Stringent Measures To Curb COVID-19 Pandemic : CM – Dr Manik Saha

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  • Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura 

Agartala, July 20, 2022 : Tripura’s Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha said that the government is initiating stringent measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection among the people by making it mandatory to wear masks.

Tripura CM – Dr Saha on Tuesday inaugurated the newly constructed PSA Oxygen Plant and Renovated Pond at IGM hospital complex here in Agartala city in presence of hospital’s Rogi Kalyan Samiti chairman and MLA Dr Dilip Kumar Das, AMC Mayor Dipak Majumder, Secretary of the Health department Dr Debasish Basu, DM of West Tripura district Debapriya Bardhan, Health department’s Additional Secretary Subhasish Das and others.

Speaking on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony, Dr Saha said “This new oxygen plant will definitely benefit the patients suffering from COVID-19, otherwise, oxygen is needed for all patients. So we are prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. So in that aspect, we are happy to announce that it is the biggest oxygen plant in the North Eastern region and it is an extra-mileage for the benefit of the people.”

“The upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases in Tripura will be controlled definitely. We are seeing that the people are not wearing masks. We will impose strict restrictions and ensure wearing of masks is mandatory”, he added.

He, however, thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said “Among the 22 Oxygen plants across India, this is one of them constructed in the IGM Hospital premises here. For this, I am thankful to Prime Minister Modi. It’s true that when the COVID pandemic appeared, many diseases disappeared.”

Meanwhile, addressing the inaugural ceremony, Chief Minister Dr Saha said that there is a lacuna in the state’s Health system which must be addressed at the earliest by creating awareness among people and winning the confidence of the patients through behaviour and treatment services.

“In Tripura, there is a drawback which can be addressed through awareness. People of this state are having a prospect that the doctors here are incapable of providing good treatment services and have an urge to move to Kolkata for better treatment. The patients get admitted here and at the same time, also purchase tickets for Kolkata or some other cities of India.” – he stated.

Citing a comparison of previous and present times, the Chief Minister said “Earlier, the environment of the state’s healthcare institutions was polluted as the number of patients referred was quite higher. There was a group of doctors in GBP hospital to refer patients outside the state for earning hefty amounts. Now, we succeeded in relieving the state from such a polluted environment. However, we have to be more diligent and gain the confidence of common people. If we do not try to increase their trust, no matter how much we bring more advanced infrastructure and make developments, we will never gain their trust and patients will come and tell us to refer them outside Tripura.”

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