Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday directed to extend the ban imposed on Kovid till April 10. Simultaneously, the Health Department was also directed to increase the number of immunization sites to target the priority categories on an urgent basis.
Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala are likely to have more cases and it is also likely that the highest number of cases will be among the youth aged 40 years and below. The number of positive cases and deaths is increasing rapidly in some districts of Punjab. Corona’s figures are in danger of peaking by April 6 and are likely to moderate in mid-May.
The Chief Minister said that adequate number of L-2 and L-3 beds were available in the government and private hospitals but there was a need to increase the availability of beds in some of the private hospitals which were treating the critically ill patients. He directed all the districts to expedite the sampling process and in particular the sampling of the contacts of Kovid positive patients and RAT. Instructed to increase it to 30 percent.
The Chief Minister also directed to launch a special vaccination drive for the inmates in the Nabha Open Jail. Capt Amarinder Singh asked the Chief Secretary Vinnie Mahajan to issue necessary instructions to increase the number of tests and start vaccination in busy market areas with congested areas.
He asked all DCs and Civil Surgeons to expedite the vaccination drive by identifying places where mobile covid vaccination centers could be set up such as police lines, colleges and universities, large industrial units, bus stands. , Railway Station, PRTC / Punjab Roadways Bus Depot, Bazaar etc.
The Chief Minister said that all the government employees and other sections like judges, teachers etc. who were requested to be covered for immunization were asked to facilitate immunization beyond the age limit of 45 years. He directed to mobilize the available resources in the districts with high incidence of cases so that the vaccination process could be carried out in an orderly manner to control the epidemic.
The Chief Minister directed that the patients under domestic seclusion should be closely monitored and if required they should be shifted to the appropriate level of hospital. He asked all the Diseases and Civil Surgeons to ensure that there was no death in L-2 health facility as per the rules and when the patient needed critical care he should be transferred to L-3 health facility as soon as possible.
Regarding immunization, the Chief Minister directed that any photo based identity card would be sufficient to give approval to the beneficiaries for immunization. All the districts have been directed to increase the number of immunization centers by including all the health institutions up to sub-center level, dispensaries, Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic health institutions and listed private hospitals.
Vaccination for people over 45 years of age will start from April 1, 2021. With a view to understand the immunization infrastructure, all the health facilities in all the districts will start functioning as covid immunization centers as soon as possible and ensure operation by March 31, 2021 to increase the number of immunization centers and benefit the beneficiaries. Smooth immunization facilities can be provided.
After the virtual meeting, the Chief Secretary said that all the districts have been advised to motivate all the health workers and FLWs to get themselves vaccinated and those who do not get vaccinated should be given covid test every week. Strict instructions should be given to ensure that they do not become infected and that they do not spread the infection to others.
Punjab Government Health and Medical Education Advisor Dr. By. By. Talwar suggested that in some selected private hospitals the treatment of patients other than Kovid could be postponed for 2-4 weeks and where there was no medical college, more ambulances could be made available in the district hospitals. The Chief Minister was assured that the Health Department would take up the issue of RT-PCR. It is fully prepared to increase the testing to 35,000 tests per day.