- Ezrela Dalidia Fanai, NET Correspondent, Mizoram
The northeastern state of Mizoram has been badly affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the surge of cases in mid-2021, the state saw many good Samaritans reaching out to vulnerable sections of the Mizo community.
In a bid to support the Government of Mizoram in its fight against COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has donated COVID-19 sample test kits worth Rs 4 Crores , which were received by the Minister of Health, Dr. R. Lalthangliana.
These kits include – 3,60,000 Rapid Antigen Test (RAgT) kits and 1,80,000 RT-PCR test kits from South Korea.
Responding to this kind act, Dr. Lalthangliana expressed his gratitude to WHO for taking the initiative to contribute to the necessary needs, in these unprecedented times when the state is in dire need of testing kits.
It should be noted that the WHO also donated several oxygen concentrators to Mizoram in July this year.
The Minister of Health also expressed his gratitude to all individuals, churches, businesses and other stakeholders who have provided support to the state’s health infrastructure during the two years of mourning the COVID pandemic.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also donated an RT-PCR test kit and an RNA extractor worth over Rs 20 crore to the Mizoram government.
WHO’s medical officer in charge of surveillance, Dr Lalhlimpuii, said that WHO never donates COVID-19 sample test kit to a particular state, but in this particular case, they donated it. given to Mizoram State at the request of the State Minister of Health.
However, 5,000 PPE kits will be donated online in the coming days, Dr Lalhlimpuii added.