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Lockdown is the only option for Goa to stop rising COVID cases: Digambar Kamat

Panjim: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Sunday said that with unstoppable rising cases of Covid 19 and increasing number of deaths, lockdown with strict enforcement was to only option left.

In a statement, he said,”With unstoppable rising cases and increasing number of deaths, people are frightened and feeling lost. The insensitive BJP government has nothing to give them confidence. As the situation is grim, extending lockdown with strict enforcement is the only option left.

Reiterating his demand that the need of the hour was to hand over the Covid Management to a Task Force comprising of experts from Civil Society and Army, he said,”Enough is enough, let us not play with the innocent lives any more. We cant rely anymore on the BJP Government at the Centre as well as the state who remained in celebrations mode throughout the year without creating any medical infrastructure and services. It is high time that a Task Force is constituted to handle the Covid Management and Government takes a back seat.”

”We need to look one month ahead from now. Once monsoon starts, things will become more challenging. We need to anticipate frequent power cuts, road bloackades, floodings which will seriously affect the Covid management. Steps need to be taken on top priority for initiating preventive measures right now,” he said.

Stating that it was important that vaccines were procurred on war footing and vaccination drives were initiated with a target to complete first dose by mid July, he said the Task Force must be empowered with financial powers to take decisions in the best interest of the people.

”Why government is reluctant to utilise the two floors of South Goa District Hospital when they requisition the nearby School to create Covid Care facility? Why some private hospitals which are not operational are not taken over and converted into Covid facilities? Chief Minister needs to answer,” he said.

”The annoucement of Rs.100 Crore pacakge to the Marginalised Sector and implementation of Goenche Daiz Scheme will minimise the effect of extended lockdown. The Government did not act on my suggestions for last one year, hope they will do something now for the sake of people. I hope BJP government will give a serious thought to my suggestion. It is unfortumate that the Prime Ministers Office nor the Chief Minister of Goa took note of my recommendation made in March 2020 to form a Task Force. I am happy that the Union Government has already started consultation with Army on Covid handling,” he said.

”Chief Minister Pramod Sawant must ensure that his annoucements are implemented effectively. Even after two days of Government announcing that Covid treatment will be given in private hospitals under DDSSY, there are reports that no such order is received by the private hospitals. This is adding to woes of the patients,” he said.

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