Northeast Tripura

Tripura CM Biplab Deb said he won’t forgive media houses that confused people about state’s COVID-19 situation

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had on Friday said that he will not forgive the “over excited” media houses that had gotten people of the state “confused” regarding its COVID scenario.

The Tripura government, that once made the state COVID-19 free, had off late come under serious criticisms after it started showing sorry figures in several health parameters.

“Some over excited media houses are creating confusions among the people of Tripura regarding the COVID threat in the state. Neither history, nor I will ever forgive them (the media houses). I am Biplab Deb and history stands witness that I am a man of my word,” Deb said addressing a crowd during the inauguration of a Special Economic Zone in Sabroom in South Tripura.

Deb’s remark comes on the same day when the Tripura High Court, based on its observations and those that were published in News reports had filed a Suo Moto Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and sought reports from the state government on various COVID+19 measures amd infrastructure to be submitted within a week (September 18).

Deb’s remark also comes a day after a three-member experts team — Daisy Panna, Consultant Epidemiologist, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), P.K. Verma, Assistant Professor, Respiratory Medicine, Lady Hardinge Memorial College (LHMC) and Satyajit Sen, Regional Director of Health and Family Welfare Ministry — had reached Tripura from Centre that is making rounds of the Covid-19 hit districts for 10 days after which, it would submit a suggestion to the state government and a report to the Centre.

The court had sighted in its Friday judgment that in it’s own observation, it found an instance when the Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) and GBP had claimed of having 240 seats but, 279 COVID patients were admitted there.

It also raised concerns on the fact that the state had only 19 ventilators, all of which are in the state capital region that implies shifting a patient if develops a breathing problem in a remote area will be a “challenge”.

Deb, however, in his Friday speech said the contrary.

“We have strengthened the district health infrastructures so that people don’t always have to run to the Capital. This corona will not be able to defeat us,” Deb said.

Barring the GBP Hospital, turned COVID dedicated hospital in Agartala and, two COVID Health Centres — Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel in Agar tala and another in Hapania about 9 km away from Agartala — the state has no facility to treat COVID Symptomatic and critical cases. The districts are dotted with Care Centres to treat asymptomatic patients.

“People don’t need to fear about COVID. We can even treat our elders in home. All it requires for treating a COVID-19 patient is oxygen and to keep them in isolation for 14 days,” Deb assured.

Meanwhile, 172 people have died of COVID-19 in the state taking its fatality rate to 1 per cent, highest in northeast while the recovery rate remains second lowest in the region at 59.4 per cent after Meghalaya (54.9 per cent).

As of Thursday night, Tripura reported 17,281 Covid-19 cases, of which 10,255 persons have recovered.

Deb, along with Chairman of Tripura Industry Development Corporation (TIDC) Tinku Roy, MLA Shankar Roy, and other dignitaries had on Friday inaugurated the SEZ that he envisages will generate over 5000 empowerment. The Union Commerce Minister Pijush Goyel stood witness to the event over through Video conference and said this will help propel Tripura’s economy..

The CM said, that Rs 750 crore will be further invested in SEZ that will open new avenues for economic growth & employment generation in Tripura.

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