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State to set up COVID-19 treatment facility at STNM hospital

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020 12:15 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020 06:36 [IST]

State to set up COVID-19 treatment facility at STNM hospital

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GANGTOK: The State government has decided to convert two floors (8th and 9th) of the STNM Hospital at Sochyagang near here into a designated facility for treating confirmed cases of COVID-19. The decision was taken during a meeting of the State Task Force for COVID-19 prevention chaired by chief secretary S.C. Gupta at Tashiling secretariat here today, informs an IPR release.

The meeting was attended by the additional chief secretaries, nodal officer for COVID-19 and Union joint secretary Puneet Kansal, principal secretaries, secretaries and officers of line departments. The meeting was also attended by the district collector of all four districts through video conferencing, the release informs.

During the meeting, the chief secretary thanked people of Sikkim for supporting the cause of Sunday's ‘Janta Curfew’. He requested the Law Secretary to immediately implement Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 in the State.

The Food & Civil Supplies department was asked to ensure that there is no spike in prices of essential commodities in the market. Further, the department was asked to explore whether they can provide two-month PDS supply in advance to the beneficiaries.

The district collectors were directed to enforce requirement of compulsory quarantining of those returning from countries notified by the Health ministry.

With the pharmaceutical companies engaged in manufacture of essential medicines, it was decided that they should allowed to function normally even during the lock down period. However, the ban on entry of new workers should remain. These units shall ensure all medical safety precautions.

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