State has lost 17 children to Covid-19 till date: Hek

Staff Reporter
Shillong, June 16: Around seventeen children aged between 0 to 14 years have succumbed to Covid-19 in the state. This was informed by the state Health Minister Alexander Laloo Hek during an interaction with media persons today.
So far 758 persons have died due to viral infection. Of these, 17 are children between the age group of 0 to 14 years, Hek said.
The Health Minister also informed that 5,101 of 43,254 people, who have tested positive for Covid-19 during the first and second wave, are children belonging to this age group.
He said that no newborn has been infected by Covid-19 so far in the state.
Hek said that while taking these figures into consideration, the government has decided to come up with prefab structures to set up pediatric hospitals at Ganesh Das hospital in Shillong, Tura in West Garo Hills and Jowai in West Jaintia Hills.
The Health Minister urged the citizens to be extra careful keeping in mind that the third wave is likely to affect not only children but people of different age groups.
Asked if the government should continue with the total lockdown in view of the prevailing situation, Hek however said that the government is discussing and monitoring the issue on a daily basis.
“We have also decided to leave it to the wisdom of the Deputy Commissioners to decide (on lockdown) as per the Covid situation in their respective districts,” he added.
Asked about the vaccination drive, the Health Minister said that the state has a sufficient number of vaccines to continue with the drive for another week.
He also informed that the Government of India has categorically stated that it will supply more vaccines to the state after June 21. According to him, the government has increased the number of vaccination centres across the state.
Hek said the reason for the government’s repeated requests to all citizens to get vaccinated is because it will not only protect them but the people around them as well.
“Therefore, our department is urging the citizens to get vaccinated as it is the only way we can protect ourselves from this deadly virus,” he added.