Step up testing & necessary resources in hospitals: CM
To effectively control Covid-19, the testing needs to be increased further and necessary resources in the hospitals also need to be increased. Considering the delay in sending samples from remote areas to the lab, helicopters can also be used to transport the samples. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said this while chairing a video conference of the health department and district magistrates on Saturday. He also launched the Chikitsa Setu app for Covid warriors on the occasion. This application has been made for the safety of doctors, paramedical staff, nurses, police and other officials on Covid duty.
The CM directed the DMs and other officials that they should necessarily receive the phone calls of the public. If they are busy with some task or meeting, they should inform the caller and call back later. It should be ensured that the people receive a response to their phone call, he stressed. Rawat also directed all the DMs to focus on public awareness and sanitation for protection from dengue. The CM further said that many have become unemployed due to Covid. Schemes made for the unemployed should be elaborately publicised at the district level so that the intended beneficiaries get necessary information. One cannot say for how long the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic will last. Many of the natives who have returned from other states to Uttarakhand would prefer to work in the state. Options for employment and self employment will have to be found. Fund has been provided in the district plan and state sector to facilitate work for the people. A plan is being prepared to facilitate employment to the returnees too through the Uttarakhand Purv Sainik Kalyan Nigam Limited (UPNL).
Chief secretary Om Prakash stressed on the importance of stopping the community spread of Covid-19. Special vigilance is required in Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts, he said. Appreciating the GIS mapping based software prepared by the Nainital district administration, he said that this software should be introduced soon in the four plain districts. He reiterated that all those coming from other states to Uttarakhand should be properly checked for the reason of their arrival and other aspects.
Health secretary Amit Singh Negi said that cent per cent sampling of people arriving in the State from high risk areas, those with comorbidity and migrants should be ensured. A centre should be made in each district where the sampling of those coming from outside and high risk areas can be undertaken, he said.
Sunday, 23 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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