A consignment, weighing around 5.5 tons, with items like personal protective equipments (PPE), masks, sanitizers among other items reached Arunachal Pradesh on April 1.
The consignment was sent to Mohanbari airport in Dibrugarh from the Hindon Air Force station in Uttar Pradesh, an official statement said in Itanagar.
“The flight landed at Mohanbari at 1400 hrs and the equipments meant for Naharlagun were ferried by chopper. The consignment meant for DC Tezu, DC Namsai and SP Roing were all segregated as well and sent to their respective destinations,” the release added.
A few items had to be retained at Mohanbari as the helicopter could not carry all the packets together. Those items will be brought to Naharlagun by road on April 2, it said.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu thanked the Indian Air Force for providing assistance to the state to fight against COVID-19. “I thank the Indian Air Force for their immediate action in providing assistance to our state to fight COVID-19,” he tweeted.
Khandu, who on earlier in the day paid a visit to the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) in Itanagar to inspect the preparedness level of the medical institute designated as COVID-19 hospital for the state, in another tweet wrote, “We are preparing best to meet any challenges on COVID-19.”
During his visit, Khandu accompanied by state Health Minister Alo Libang, inspected the facilities inside the institute and also the ICU in the COVID-19 ward. The chief minister also had a meeting with TRIHMS officials who briefed him on the status of quarantine facilities in the capital region. They also discussed on developing facilities in Bakin Pertin General Hospital of Pasighat to treat COVID-19 patient from eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
Khandu informed that besides four numbers of ventilators currently installed in the ICU of TRIHMS, a minimum of 50 more such life saving machines are being procured, which will be made available across Arunachal with priority to TRIHMS and Pasighat General Hospital.
We are preparing best to meet any challenges on #COVID19. Inspected the preparedness level in Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) today at Naharlagun, which has been designated as the COVID19 hospital.#IndiaFightsCorona #CoronaVirus @PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA pic.twitter.com/00vAvlYQ2x
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) April 1, 2020
During the meeting, the CM informed that despite world-wide shortage, 1800 PPEs are available with the state government with another large consignment to reach soon. He said all these safety equipments will be dispatched to all the districts as per requirements.
Khandu also visited the Rama Krishna Mission Hospital (RKMH), which has been given the responsibility to take care of daily health issues of the citizen in view of TRIHMS being declared as COVID-19 hospital.