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Arunachal Pradesh to outsource Covid-19 testing to decrease backlog

The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet on Friday in which it was also agreed upon to procure adequate consumables especially PPE Kits and VTM.

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Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 06.46 PM IST
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Guwahati: The government in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to outsource Covid-19 sample testing to private or government agencies to decrease the backlog.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet on Friday in which it was also agreed upon to procure adequate consumables especially PPE Kits and VTM and procurement of 10 quottro and 4 duo truenet machines for ramping up testing facilities. Critical entry gates will be equipped with in situ testing especially for drivers of essential item vehicles.

“Reiterating the need to increase health professionals especially doctors and nurses for core medical field duties, the cabinet approved to engage retired health professionals on contractual basis, ” a government release said.

The statement added that in order to facelift the health sector, the cabinet approved the upgradation of 18 district hospitals and new hospitals for new districts at an estimated cost of Rs 365 Crore to be funded by various funding windows of the Centre.

These projects shall be driven by an empowered committee headed by Commissioner, Planning & Investment with Chief Engineer, Planning and Deputy Director, Health as members and executing departmental secretaries as special inviteea.

Appreciating the self-sufficiency plan of basic needs, after detailed deliberations, the Cabinet approved the proposal for development of 2000 nutritional kitchen garden per legislative constituency.

The state cabinet further decided on development of agriculture farm cluster per legislative constituency with minimum of 5 hectares land parcel up to 25 hectares or even more. The MLAs and deputy commissioners of the districts concerned will make the details of the project.
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