The Arunachal Pradesh cabinet met for the third time this month on May 29 to review the preparedness and mitigation plan for COVID-19 pandemic.

After a detailed discussion, the cabinet viewed that in order to mitigate the backlog of sample testing and ramp up further testing infrastructure, the state will have to outsource testing. Considering that the situation will be prolonged, the cabinet decided to procure adequate consumables – especially PPE Kits and VTM and procurement of 10 Quottro and 4 duo Truenet machines for ramping up testing facilities. It was further decided to equip critical entry gates with in-situ testing especially for drivers of essential item vehicles.

Reiterating the need to increase health professionals especially doctors and nurses for core medical field duties, the cabinet approved to engage retired health professionals on contractual basis.

In order to facelift the health sector, the cabinet approved for upgradation of 18 district hospitals and new hospitals for the new districts for an estimated cost of Rs 365 crore to be funded by various funding windows of the central government with an execution timeline of 24 months. These projects shall be driven by an Empowered Committee headed by commissioner, planning & investment with chief engineer, planning and deputy director, Health as members and concerned executing departmental secretaries as special invitee.

Tezu hospital – The News Mill
File photograph of the Zonal Hospital in Tezu where the first COVID-19 patient of Arunachal Pradesh was treated | Photo Courtesy: Health department

Appreciating the self-sufficiency plan of basic needs, after detailed deliberations, the cabinet approved the proposal for development of 2000 nutritional kitchen garden per legislative constituency. The cabinet further decided for development of agriculture farm cluster per legislative constituency with minimum of 5 Ha land parcel upto 25 Ha or even more. The concerned MLAs and deputy commissioners of the districts will make the details of the project.

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