EKH DC call to protect elderly

SHILLONG: East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Matsiewdor War has exhorted to follow health protocols with a lot more seriousness lest COVID-19 pandemic takes a turn for the worse.
She was speaking to reporters after a programme ‘Training of trainers on COVID-19’ with special emphasis on care of elderly and persons with co-morbid conditions on Monday at U Soso Tham auditorium.
She stressed that citizens should behave responsibly by adhering to health protocols issued by the Health department.
Although Meghalaya is in a “very good position” in terms of number of COVID-19 cases, she said that people have to be careful as there still is no cure for the virus yet.
With people reverting to normalcy to ensure that livelihood is not affected, War said, “We do not know when it is going to hit us back. So we have to be very ready for it. We do not want to reach the community transmission phase. But we cannot take things for granted, it can be a lull period, it can start again tomorrow”.
She said that there was a training of headmen belonging to 38 dorbars who are under the Shillong Municipal area. The other headmen are being trained through the block level offices.
Since COVID-19 affects the elderly and those with conditions of co-morbidity, War said that people should take particular take care of their parents, grandparents to keep them protected from harm’s way.
At the programme, brochures were distributed on health advisory for caregivers of elderly during COVID-19, role of frontline health workers regarding care of the elderly and persons with co-morbidities, and a self-help diary and health advisory for elderly population.

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