West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that her government will fight Coronavirus (COVID-19) together with the Centre “as a family”.
Banerjee held a meeting at the state administrative headquarters Nabanna with all district magistrates, police superintendents and district level chief medical & health officers (CMHO) to discuss urgent precautionary measures in checking the spread of the virus.
The state has opened 24×7 phone numbers to assist people with information and advice on COVID-19. The numbers to reach out are 1800313444222 and (033) 23412603. A quick response team is being formed at all the district hospitals to address any emergency situation, the CM said.
Banerjee said that surveillance centres are being opened at domestic airports for screening suspects. Information centres will be opened at these airports to keep track of suspects. The state is also increasing screening at check posts along the borders of Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan.
The state government officials are trying to prevent hoarding of personal preventive equipment like masks. Banerjee urged private hospitals to join the government’s effort in this. She urged the media to not spread panic around the disease and spread awareness instead.
The chief minister urged people to practice personal hygiene and advised them to consult doctors whenever symptoms emerge.