Itanagar, 11 May: In a meeting with Indian Medical Association Arunachal Chapter, Chief Minister Pema Khandu discussed on evolving better strategies to fight novel coronavirus pandemic.
In the meeting procuring diagnostic machines such as TrueNat to enable for carrying out faster and effective ways of testing was discussed. It recommended for rapid antibody tests as the main tool for mass screening and surveillance as interstate travelers bound to increase in the coming days. The meeting felt that use of cheaper, cost-effective and quick rapid antibody tests being viable to be installed in districts since it also involved less manpower.
The meeting also pitched for a robust health policy in the state that would give more teeth in the fight against the virus and for better health services observing that pandemic has exposed many loopholes in the health system. It also discussed for a separate cadre for the health sector for improved health environment.
The meeting further observed that home quarantine is not being properly adhered to and called for compulsory 14 days quarantine in govt or paid quarantine facilities. It mentioned that even after testing negative, the interstate returnees must strictly follow quarantine protocols.