Mizoram decides to call retired doctors to fight Covid-19

Appeals Assam and Tripura to step up vigil


Newmai News Network

Aizawl | March 25

The Mizoram government has stepped up efforts to check the spread of novel coronavirus after detection of the first case in Mizoram by beefing up 'anti-coronavirus drive' by calling retired doctors and also requesting neihbouring Assam and Tripura to maintain strict vigil along inter-state borders, a top Mizoram Health official said on Wednesday.


Mizoram is facing manpower crunch and infrastructure crisis amidst the rapidly increasing novel coronavirus spread in the world.


State Health department’s principal director Dr. F. Lallianhlira said that the government has collected details of the retired doctors and prepared duty rosters. He also said the measure is being taken to ameliorate the manpower crisis. According to him, the retired doctors would be called for service when the state faces major crisis arising out of coronavirus issue.


Meanwhile, Mizoram Health ministerDr. R. Lalthangliana told reporters that the existing infrastructure and manpower in the state are not categorically upto the mark as compared to other states. He also said that the state government has formed a 'medical operation team' with private hospitals to strengthen coordination and expedite medical facilities in the fight against the deadly virus.


He then thanked private hospital owners’ association for extending valuable helps to the state government in its effort to contain the virus.


Lalthangliana also said that the Mizoram government had appealed to its Tripura and Assam counterparts to step up vigil along the inter-state borders. He further said that he had spoken to Assam chief minister SarbananadaSonowal and Tripura deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma to maintain strict vigil along the inter-state borders. He added that he had requested the two leaders of the neighbouring states to expedite screening and maintaining strict vigilance in all the duty posts along the Mizoram borders with the two neighbouring states. 


The Health minister then suggested Mizoram residents languishing in different parts of the country to stay back at their respective places and not enter the state for the time being. He said that the state government had made special arrangements to accommodate stranded passengers at Mizoram houses in various cities across the country.