Thursday, January 20, 2022

Punjab health minister instructs civil surgeon to conduct covid testing drive for teaching, non-teaching staff of schools

To prevent the spread of corona virus in education institutes, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Sidhu said that instructions have been issued to all Civil Surgeons to ensure the COVID tests of the staff and teachers in schools and higher education institutions regularly. In case, any teacher or student found positive, contact tracing to be stepped up to contain the spread without any delay.

Sidhu said that School Education Department has assigned one teacher per school as a COVID monitor to enforce COVID precautions. He said that its duty of District & Block Task Forces to conduct the surprise checking of all educational institutes so as to ensure strict compliance of guidelines issued by Health Department.

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He said that the education department was directed to conduct campaigns and sessions in government and private schools to spread awareness on the proper use of masks and enforcement of COVID precautions.

Last date to administer 1st dose vaccination for healthcare workers extended

The Punjab Government has extended the last date to administer 1st dose vaccination for healthcare workers from 19th February to 25th February 2021. The deadline for 1st dose vaccination of frontline workers has also extended to 6th March, 2021.

Giving details in press communique, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that in light of the recent resurgence of COVID cases in other States and the discovery of new virus strains, it is crucial that a maximum number of Healthcare workers be vaccinated as they are performing their duties at the front line to deal any outbreak. He said that the Punjab Government has also prepared the road map to manage an incidence of the resurgence of cases in Punjab as well. He said that no death or any serious adverse effect has occurred in Punjab attributed to vaccine administration so far.

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