Sunday, 13 June 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
Chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat chaired a virtual meeting with district magistrates to review the status of Covid-19 control and the progress of the vaccination programme in the state. He said that complaints are being received about some private hospitals charging more than the fixed charge from patients and not providing the benefit of the Atal Ayushman card. Strict action should be taken against hospitals indulging in such actions. Officials should ensure that inspections of hospitals are conducted from time to time, said Rawat.
The chief minister directed that special focus be laid on testing, micro containment zones, Covid appropriate behaviour and enforcement. All preparations should be completed considering the possible third wave of Covid-19. He observed that preparations were good in all the districts but added that focus should be laid on how to take these arrangements further ahead. He said that testing and vaccination should be stepped up further in the rural areas. Regular camps should be organised for this purpose. In view of the monsoon season, adequate quantities of oxygen cylinders, essential medicines and all types of required materials should be arranged for in the mountainous regions.
The chief minister reiterated that the state government is taking all possible measures to ensure effective control on Covid-19. There is adequate arrangement of oxygen, ICU beds and ventilators. Oxygen plants are also being established at the community health centre apart from the district level. The chief minister further told the officials to be prepared to face all types of challenges in the fight against Covid.
Addressing the officials, chief secretary Om Prakash stressed on the need for observing special vigilance in the next two months considering the probable third wave of Covid. The target of conducting 40,000 tests per day should be achieved. Public awareness campaign should be conducted consistently to help in effective control on Covid. Focus should also be laid on new media for publicity. The cooperation of theatre artistes should be taken for this purpose. The chief secretary also stressed on the need for special focus on enforcement. Police officers of the level of deputy superintendent of police should be deputed for this purpose, he added.
The chief minister’s chief advisor Shatrughna Singh, additional chief secretary Manisha Panwar, director general of police Ashok Kumar, secretaries Amit Singh Negi, R Meenakshi Sundaram, Pankaj Pandey and director general of health, Dr Tripti Bahuguna along with other officials concerned were also present in the meeting.