By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 25 Jun: Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat reviewed the Covid situation, today, in all the districts through video conferencing and issued necessary instructions regarding ensuring arrangements for oxygen and other essential medical supplies in view of a possible third wave in the state. The Chief Minister enquired about the updated status of vaccination and control measures of the Covid pandemic in all the districts. During the meeting, the Chief Minister said that all arrangements ought to be made at the earliest to prepare for a possible third wave of the pandemic in the state. He said that adequate arrangement of oxygen supplies, oxygen production, oxygen beds, ICU beds, supplies of essential and life saving medicines should be made in all the districts so that a possible third wave of the pandemic could be dealt with effectively. Strengthening of the health infrastructure and medics ought to be be made at the earliest, he directed so that a possible third wave of the pandemic could be dealt with quite effectively.
The CM said that, in view of the rainy season, adequate arrangement for ambulances should also be made in all the places that had been identified as vulnerable to natural disasters. He said that there should be no shortage of beds and, for this, Covid care centres be set up at CHC level, too. He noted that the facilities of oxygen beds, ICU beds and ventilators would require to be strengthened further particularly in Dehradun and Haldwani since it had been observed that these two cities had seen a rapid surge in number of patients during the second wave of the pandemic; and also due to the fact that many patients travelled to Dehradun and Haldwani for treatment.
Rawat said that adequate arrangements of medicines, masks, supplements and nutritional supplies and other medical equipment be also made keeping in view the possible requirements of the children in mind, as they could be more vulnerable to the third wave. For this, ASHAs would be engaged for distribution of nutritious feed and supplements for the children. The CM also directed that testing of Covid be also arranged at Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres. He also directed the district administrations to strictly implement the SOPs regarding micro-containment zones and contact tracing in order to prevent spread of the infection. He also wanted vaccination to be speeded up adequately in the state and that people be constantly motivated to get vaccinated. Persons with disabilities and elderly people who had not been vaccinated, so far, had to be identified and vaccinated at the earliest, he added. Vaccination camps for the elderly and disabled should be held and, for this, the district magistrates ought to take necessary steps. Awareness campaigns had to be carried out continuously to control Covid in all the districts by involving local celebrities and dignitaries. The Chief Minister said that the State was getting all possible help from the Union Government for vaccination and other health facilities. He also expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, for the cooperation being provided by the Centre to the state.
Chief Secretary Omprakash also directed the district administrations to ensure adequate arrangements for testing, etc., at the borders in view of the possibility of increased traffic and inflow of people due to unlock in the near future. He also reminded them to ensure that SOPs regarding Covid appropriate behaviour, social distancing, etc., be ensured very sincerely and at the entry points, too. He said that the distribution of Ivermectin be completed by 30 June.
Chief Advisor to Chief Minister Shatrughna Singh, DGP Ashok Kumar, Secretary Amit Negi, Officer on Special Duty to Chief Minister J Sundriyal, Director General of Health Dr Tripti Bahuguna, Kumaon Commissioner Arvind Singh Hyanki, Garhwal Commissioner Ravinath Raman, all District Magistrates, SSPs and CMOs were present in the meeting held in virtual mode.