Meghalaya, May 23: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday reviewed the COVID-19 preparedness of North Garo Hills district with officials of the administration and health department in presence of Deputy Speaker Timothy D. Shira.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday announced that an oxygen plant would be set up at Resubelpara Community Health Centre (CHC) in North Garo Hills.

Chief Minister Sangma said, “150 litres per minute oxygen plant will be set up at Resubelpara CHC, which will support 15 beds with high flow oxygen.”

The Chief Minister informed that COVID cases were not high in North Garo Hills, however, all necessary arrangements will be put in place to deal with any eventuality. Accordingly, he has directed the local health authorities to set up three beds in ICU to deal with Covid related cases.

Have directed the authorities to increase 40 beds in Resubelpara CHC for dealing with Covid19 cases. Have also directed the authorities to look for a suitable location for setting up 150 beds to deal with Covid cases,” the Meghalaya CM said.

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He also informed that additional 150 oxygen cylinders will be allocated for North Garo Hills. Resubelpara CHC has 84 B type cylinders, 15 D type cylinders and 15 oxygen concentrators at present.

During the review meeting, the authorities requested the Chief Minister to consider their request for additional manpower including nurses and technical staff. They also requested the Meghalaya CM to provide an ambulance with each for Manikanj PHC and Damas PHC.