By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 25 Apr: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today informed the people that in view of the fact that in nine districts not a single case of COVID-19 (Novel Corona) infection had been detected, the government hospitals in these districts would again be opened for general treatment.
It may be recalled that at least one major government hospital in each district had been reserved for Corona patients after the lockdown. This decision had been taken to deal with the possible mass spreading of Corona infection. However, due to this, a large number of general patients were finding it difficult to get treatment in other hospitals particularly in the hills. Fortunately however, not a single COVID-19 case was detected or reported in 9 districts of Uttarakhand. With the spread curve of Corona infection getting flatter or even coming down, CM Trivendra Singh Rawat today reviewed the situation and declared that all the hospitals reserved for COVID-19 patients in the nine green zone districts would open for general public from tomorrow onwards.
However, Doon Medical College Dehradun, Mela Hospital in Haridwar, Under Construction Medical College in Rudrapur and Sushila Tiwari Hospital in Haldwani would continue to be reserved for Corona patients only. Addressing the public through live video, CM Rawat also informed that the government was aware that the general public had to face lot of inconvenience during the lockdown to get treatment for their ailments and they would get relief after the new decision.
Chief Minister Rawat also claimed that the government was seriously considering ways and means to strengthen the economy of the state particularly in view of the ill effects of the lockdown. He said that a ministerial sub-committee was being set up under the chairmanship of Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal with MoS Higher Education Dhan Singh Rawat and MoS Animal Husbandry Rekha Arya as members to study how to strengthen the economy that had been adversely affected due to Corona pandemic. The committee would also see how employment and self-employment could be generated at local level and help youth to become self-reliant or adequately employed at the local level since a large number of youth had returned to their native places in the state in view of the Corona pandemic. The Sub-Committee would also suggest ways to boost the livelihood of the poor.
Rawat said that he would interact directly with the representatives of industrial, tourism, agriculture, horticulture, dairy and MSME sectors. The government would discuss with them the economic crisis and would seek their suggestions on ways to strengthen the economy. He added that the government would also organise Raibar 3 with the immigrants from Uttarakhand thrugh video conferencing and seek their help and cooperation too in improving the state of the state.