Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched Home Isolation Kit for Covid-19 patients in home isolation from Peterhof, Shimla on Saturday. He also launched Himachal Covid Care Application and e-Sanjeevani OPD to connect people with AIIMS, Bilaspur for online consultation and treatment. He also flagged off 11 vehicles to different parts of the state carrying Home Isolation Kits.
These kits would be provided to the Covid-19 patients in home isolation by concerned MLAs. He urged the elected representatives to ensure that the kits were made available to the patients at the earliest.
Jai Ram Thakur said that e-Sanjeevani OPD would ensure effective communication between the patients and physicians and enable them to get proper advice from the specialists. He said that the Covid Care App would provide an effective mechanism for monitoring the patients in home isolation.
Chief Minister said that State today was passing through a critical situation due to Corona pandemic. He said that the State Government has expedited testing in the State to ensure early detection of Covid-19 patients to ensure their timely treatment. 2,638 people had lost their lives in the state due to Corona virus. He said that at present, eight RT-PCR, 25 TRUNAAT and two CBNAAT laboratories were conducting tests for this virus in the State.
He said that the positivity rate during the first phase was 5.53 whereas in the second wave it has increased to 15.67 per cent. He said that to cope up with this situation, the State Government has strived hard for capacity enhancement. He said that the bed capacity in the State had been increased from existing 1200 to about 5000 beds. He said that similarly the State had increased the storage capacity of oxygen by 25 MT.
The state had about 6300 D-Type and 2250 B-Type oxygen cylinders, over 1700 oxygen concentrators have been made available in the health institutions.
Jai Ram Thakur said that as many as 3100 fresh recruitments have been made in Health department to ensure adequate manpower in the health institutions for proper treatment of the patients.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was also planning to start a special campaign to identify patients particularly in rural areas having symptoms of ILI so that they could be tested at the earliest. He urged the MLAs, representatives of PRIs and ULBs, ASHA workers and other health functionaries to come forward to identify such patients. He said that the State Government would also honour the panchayats performing well in implementation of this drive. He said that this would not only ensure early detection of Covid cases but also check spread of the virus.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has decided to provide Rs. 2500 per month per child to such children whose both parents have died due to Corona virus. He said that the State Government would also bear the expenditure on studies of these children. He said that Government had also decided to bear the expenditure on transporting the body of corona deceased to their native places besides providing free wood for cremation.