Enough of whimsical and silly notifications: Chamling

Monday, Jul 26, 2021 07:30 [IST]

Last Update: Monday, Jul 26, 2021 01:51 [IST]

Enough of whimsical and silly notifications: Chamling

GANGTOK, : Former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Sunday strongly asked the State government to constitute a high powered committee with epidemiologists, renowned healthcare and disaster professionals to bring the Covid situation under control in Sikkim.
“I sternly ask the government not to play with people’s lives any more. The present administration has been given enough time to fight the Covid battle but it has miserably failed. The government must constitute a high powered committee with epidemiologists, renowned healthcare and disaster professionals and bring the situation under control. Enough of whimsical and silly notifications. It is now or never,” said Chamling in his weekly press statement.
The SDF president posted a series of questions to the State government regarding the Covid second wave situation in Sikkim. There are presently 3017 active Covid cases in the State.
“As many as 87 Covid-19 deaths in Sikkim were of those without comorbidities, which means that nearly 50 per cent of those who died of Covid-19 so far, did not have comorbidities. These dear people lost their lives during the second wave. Is that a sign of a situation “under control”?
When we compare the number of deaths in the first and second wave, 33 percent more people died due to Covid-19 during the second wave. Is this a sign of a situation “under control”?”
“More and more young people are falling victim to Covid-19. The health report says that 61 of the 97 Covid-19 cases of Delta variant in Sikkim were below 35 years of age. Is there “no need to panic”?” questioned Chamling.
The former Chief Minister also countered the administration’s claim that several Covid patients died because they did not come to hospital in time. They must understand is that many people do not want to go to the hospital for various reasons, he said.
“The government has to win the people’s confidence, generate awareness and convince them. People are not medical experts. They need to have full confidence based on the government’s performance, information and communication. If Covid patients are not coming to the hospitals, it is because they are afraid and do not have confidence in the health care system. What does that show? It shows that the government needs to upgrade its Covid facilities, intensify hospital preparation for Covid treatment, employ more manpower as per the need, ensure enough rest for fatigued Covid warriors and educate and convince the people - not blame them.”
Chamling was critical of the State government’s decision of July 16 to contain an entire panchayat even if a single Covid case was detected.
“The idea of containing an entire area or ward merely because of one Covid positive case is not a scientific or socially helpful step. It is just an expression of governmental frustration. It is ludicrous. What is worse, the government is imposing mass challans to harass and terrorise the people. This State government knows only one way of working, which is to terrorize and inconvenience the people. They should know that this foolish tactic is not working. They are containing village after village, causing further economic and emotional distress and the number of coronavirus cases is not decreasing at all,” said Chamling.
On Sunday, the Home department said the July 16 order has been partially modified wherein instead of containing the entire village, micro containment zones would be demarcated covering only the affected residential building or cluster of houses.
The SDF president also pointed to reports of two individuals who attended the ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’ programme held at Manan Kendra in Gangtok on Wednesday now testing positive for Covid-19.
“The Culture department headquarter is now a containment zone. The Culture department also organised a storytelling event as a part of the same program which was attended by students. When schools are running online, what a foolish and reckless idea to gather students physically!,” said Chamling.
“Remember, the government has been organising many programmes under Dandi March in various departments. As if organising a joining meeting in Rangli at the start of the spread of Covid-19 in Sikkim was not bad enough, the SKM party has now been using the government machinery to ensure that Covid-19 is spread in every possible way. Chief Minister P.S. Tamang is spearheading the “SIKKIM CORONAVIRUS DISTRIBUTION MISSION”. He is touring recklessly with hundreds of people with him,” said Chamling.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi