13th Jul 2020 12:07:AM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Jul 12: The Galo Youth Organisation (GYO), the frontal organisation of the state’s Galo community has alleged that a biased distribution process has been followed by the State Health Department while making district-wise allocation of TrueNat machines, a vital instrument used for confirmatory Covid-19 tests, which has resulted in step-motherly treatment to Galo inhabited areas.
In a press release issued on Sunday, the GYO while appreciating the efforts of the state government in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, has pointed out that due to the distribution order (effected vide order No. MDHS (Covid-19) 01/2020/1551-60 dated Naharlagun June 28, 2020) issued by the Secretary, Health & Family Welfare P Pratibhan, the Galo inhabited districts namely West Siang, Lower Siang and Leparada haven’t received their quota they are entitled to.
The organisation has also drawn reference to the earlier order (No MDHS Covid-19 01/2020 dated Naharlagun, June 1, 2020) where it was clearly directed for establishment of TrueNat services in West Siang (Aalo Zonal Hospital) with Microbiologist Dr. Basumoti Apum to be the In-charge of the facility.
Questioning the intention of the sudden reversal of the June 1 order and terming it as a “clandestine attempt” to deprive the Galo inhabited districts, the GYO has highlighted the importance of the Aalo Zonal Hospital which has been catering to the medical needs of not only West Siang, but also all the nearby districts and adjoining areas since many years. It has also reasoned that the hospital deserves the facility since it has the sufficient technical manpower with availability of one pathologist and two biochemists, adding that the move has hurt the sentiments of the people living in the central region of the state.
The release also highlighted the Covid-19 vulnerability of the region as it has some of the most densely populated urban centres namely Aalo, Bora Rupuk, Basar and Likabali along with military bases and ITBP headquarters resulting in constant movement of armed forces personnel from other states into the region. The organisation has drawn attention of the state government particularly regarding Likabali since it is the gateway to multiple districts namely Leparada, Upper Subansiri, West Siang, Shi-Yomi and Upper Siang and a commercial entry point as well, making it a high-risk point for Covid-19 spread.
Along with placing the demand to the state government for an immediate rollback of the order to allocate TrueNat machines to the Aalo Zonal Hospital and in Basar and Likabali, the GYO has also cautioned to resort to democratic movement in all Galo inhabited areas. GYO PR 

Kenter Joya Riba

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