The only sure way to avoid another lockdown in Meghalaya is to ensure that all those who are eligible for the jab get vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister James Sangma said today.
Cases are rising steadily in the state, with 275 new infections reported today.
Speaking to reporters, Sangma said that vaccination is the only way to really contain the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Asked about the third wave of Covid cases in Meghalaya, the minister acknowledged that there is a sharp rise but said that this is a national and worldwide phenomenon.
“We are trying to ensure that awareness is spread in the right manner to make people aware of the protocols and people should take necessary precautions,” he stated.
There is no need to fear Omicron or craft different responses to it as the variant is just a mutated version of the coronavirus that has been with us for two years now, Sangma said, and the message to the public remains the same – wear masks, wash hands, maintain physical distancing and get vaccinated.
On allegations by the opposition that none other than Chief Minister Conrad Sangma (James’ brother) has been violating Covid protocols, the minister pointed the finger back at Dr Mukul Sangma, the leader of the opposition, accusing him of non-adherence as well.
“The CM is very responsible and always wears his mask but, being in a public position, it’s not easy to keep people away from you. There are many people who sometimes forget the protocols in place and they may come and approach the CM,” he said.