CM urges Union Government for PPEs, Rapid Diagnostic Kits and ventilators

SHIMLA-10 April, 2020-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur urged the Union Government to provide adequate number of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits along with rapid diagnostic kits to the state so that the existing medical facilities could be strengthened to effectively fight COVID-19. Chief Minister also urged the Union Health Minister to provide 60 ventilators to the state so that adequate numbers of ventilators were available in case of any eventuality.

Chief Minister said this during the video conference of Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan with the Health Ministers of the States, today.

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan ensured the Chief Minister that the Union Government would provide all possible help to the State Government to tackle this situation. He said that the collective efforts by the Union Government as well as State Government were need of the hour.

Jai Ram Thakur said till date the State Government has notified six hospitals as COVID-19 hospitals in the state which includes Shri Lal Bahadur Sashtri Government Medical College Nerchowk Mandi, ESIC Hospital Katha Baddi, Charitable Hospital Bhota in Hamirpur district, S.S. Memorial Ashirwaad Hospital in Chamba district, Civil Hospital Sarahan in Sirmaur district and Agarwal Hospital Jwalamukhi in district Kangra.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the government has launched Active Case Finding Campaign in the state under which health workers during the door to door campaign have reached out to over 60 lakh people to enquire about their health. He said it has helped the State Government in identifying people with any kind of infection. He said the whole state would be covered under this campaign in next two days.

Chief Minister said that the State Government has started tele-medicine facilities in about 50 Health Sub Centres and Primary Health Centres in the state. He said that specialist consulates were providing medical consultancy through these centres.

Jai Ram Thakur said that till date as many as 773 people have been tested for COVID-19 out of which 745 people have been found negative. He said that there were 28 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state out of which two have recovered and discharged, four have gone for treatment outside the state and one person has died. He said the state today has 21 active cases of COVID-19 and all of them were either Tablighi Jamaat or their close contacts.

Chief Minister said the state has identified about 6600 beds capacity for quarantine facility and 510 beds were available for isolation. He said that besides this, 450 beds were available for COVID-19 positive patients in the state.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was effectively enforcing curfew in the state and was also ensuring social distancing during the relaxation in the curfew so that people could purchase daily need commodities.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.

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Health data of 65 lakh persons collected through ACFC

Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman said here today that new samples of 127 persons had been taken for investigation today, out of which 87 samples were reported negative and reports of 40 others still awaited. He said that three COVID-19 persons admitted in IGMC Shimla brought from Solan district, were tested again today and reported negative. Besides this, three other persons admitted in Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda Hospital from Una district, were tested again today out of which one person has been reported negative, whereas the reports of other two persons are yet awaited.

Additional Chief Secretary said that till date samples of 900 persons have been tested for COVID-19, out of which reports of 832 persons were found negative. He said that so far reports of 28 persons have been found positive in the State, out of which two persons have recovered and discharged, four have gone for treatment outside the state and one person has died. He said the state today has 21 active cases of COVID-19. He said that 5200 persons had been kept under surveillance for coronavirus in the State so far out of which 2785 persons completed 28 days of surveillance period. He said that through Active Case Finding Campaign (ACFC) till date about 65 lakh persons were enquired about their health.