The Punjab Chief Secretary Ms. Vini Mahajan today directed all the Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police, Senior Superintendent of Police, Municipal Corporation Commissioners, Civil Surgeons and senior IAS officers of the state to redouble all efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chairing a review meeting with these officers through Video conferencing, the Chief Secretary expressed concern over the rising number of COVID 19 cases. Batting for enhancing level three facilities in the hospitals, she said that mortality rates must be reduced. Ms. Mahajan categorically asked the Deputy Commissioners of Kapurthala, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Tarn Taran and Amritsar to take special preventive measures for checking the mortality rate.
The Chief Secretary asked the officers to ensure separate dialysis facility, in districts wherever required, for Covid affected patients. She also asked the officers to encourage the private hospitals to partner with the Government and ensure most optimal utilisation of healthcare facilities while ensuring best possible treatment.
The Chief Secretary also gave directions for proper care and treatment of patients in Home isolation/ quarantine. She reiterated that attention also needs to be paid to allay any fears of the people with respect to testing as this was critical to ensure early detection and timely care. The Chief Secretary also appreciated that local and grass roots leaders such as Sarpanches were coming forth to dispel any rumours about the disease or the sampling and treatment. She also commended the role of both the police and the civil administration. Recognising that those on duty had also contacted the disease, she directed all Heads of Departments to ensure that the Government being a model employer would reach out to these Corona Warriors and ensure that they are in high spirits as they recover from the disease.
She expressed satisfaction that while there was no shortage of oxygen cylinders in the state, all efforts are being made to augment medical grade oxygen adding that fresh licenses have also been issued to those eligible.
Dr. K K Talwar, DGP Dinkar Gupta, FCR Development, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Principal Secretary Medical Education and Research, and Principal Secretary Local Bodies were amongst those present in the meeting.