Himachal CM calls on authorities to improve testing and monitoring of clusters amid COVID outbreak



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08 Jan 2022 21:28 STI

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]Jan. 8 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday urged authorities to improve COVID-19 testing, effective monitoring of clusters for increasing COVID cases -19 in the state.
The chief minister was chairing a videoconference meeting with deputy commissioners, police superintendents and chief medical officers of Shimla to review the state of the state’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Thakur said that as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing at a rapid rate, the state government is making sure that people are engaging in covid-appropriate behavior.
The chief minister said preparedness regarding the availability of beds, oxygen PPE kits and medication should be reviewed and any restrictions imposed by the state government should be strictly enforced.
Thakur said: “Medical experts expect the number of cases to rise sharply in the coming days and weeks, so special precautions should be taken. The home isolation mechanism needs to be made more effective and revised home isolation guidelines need to be implemented. “
He added that pulse oximeters and thermometers should be provided to ASHA workers and other health workers so that patients in home isolation are monitored regularly.
Thakur said that in case of complications, patients should be immediately transferred to health facilities. “An efficient patient transport mechanism must be developed so that patients do not suffer any inconvenience,” he added.

He also ordered officers to ensure adequate availability of oxygen cylinders and other necessary equipment so that in an emergency panic could be avoided.
Thakur also felt the need for accelerated vaccination of children in the 15-18 age group and precautionary doses for health workers.
The chief minister ordered the district administration to keep an eye out for tourists not following appropriate COVID behavior and to take action against violators. He also urged tourists to strictly follow SOPs issued from time to time by the state government.
It was decided at the meeting that all educational institutions, except the state medical, dental and nursing schools, would remain closed until January 26, to ensure the safety of children. students.
Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh said constant engagement with stakeholders is essential to follow various operating procedures in the state. He added that more emphasis should be placed on finding and tracking covid patients.
Secretary Bharat Khera greeted the Chief Minister and led the discussion of the meeting. He also gave a presentation on preparing for the anticipated third wave of COVID-19.
The deputy commissioners also reported on the measures taken by them to ensure the adoption of appropriate behavior to COVID by tourists and the general public in their respective districts. They also highlighted the measures taken in preparation for the third wave.
Principal Revenue Secretary Onkar Chand Sharma, Special Secretary Sudesh Mokta, Director of National Health Mission Hemraj Bairwa, Director of Higher Education Dr Amarjeet Sharma and Dr Rajneesh Pathania were present in Shimla with the Chief Minister , while DCs, SPs and CMOs attended the meeting virtually from their respective neighborhoods. (ANI)

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