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Senior doctors must daily visit Covid-19 patients to ensure proper treatment: CM

15 to 20 bedded isolation facilities to be provided in each Medical College of Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan

A common strategy must be prepared to provide proper treatment to the Covid-19 patients, especially with co-morbid illness. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the video conference with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, Chief Medical Officers, Principals and Medical Superintendents of Medical Colleges of the State from Shimla today.

While expressing concern over the increase in number of deaths of Covid-19 patients during a last few days in the State, Chief Minister said that the doctors must ensure proper treatment to the patients especially the patients with co-morbid illness. He said that proper protocol must be adopted for home isolation for the asymptotic patients at home. He said that it has been felt that such patients at home do not get proper treatment and care. He said that such patients must be treated as per the standard operating procedure. He said that proper hygiene and cleanliness must be maintained in the Covid-19 hospitals.

Chief Minister said that patients must be provided Oxygen cylinders if required so that the patients do no face any problem. He said that hot water, Kada and nutritious food must be made available to the patients besides developing a mechanism for communication of the Covid-19 patients and their family members. He said that senior doctors must daily visit the Covid-19 patients so that the patients get proper treatment. He directed Medical Superintendents of all the Medical Colleges and major Zonal Hospitals in the State to ensure atleast two rounds in a day to monitor all the facilities such as ward cleanliness, treatment to the patients, quality of food, and condition of toilets in their hospitals.

Jai Ram Thakur said that special thrust must be laid on ensuring better health facilities in IGMC Shimla, Dr RPMC, Tanda and LBSMC, Ner Chowk keeping in view the large number of Covid-19 patients in these medical colleges and hospitals. He said that proper strategy for Information Education and Communication (IEC) must be framed to motivate the patients with ILI symptoms to immediately rush to hospital without delay, so that they may be provided with immediate treatment. This would help in timely treatment of the patients, he added.

Chief Minister said that isolation wards in Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan Medical Colleges would start functioning from tomorrow. He said that this would also reduce the referral cases to IGMC Shimla, Dr RPMC, Tanda and LBSMC, Ner Chowk. He said that 15 to 20 bedded isolation facilities would be provided in each of these medical colleges to facilitate the patients. He said that proper coordination between the administration and hospital authority must be maintained for proper functioning of the health institutions. He said that if required a separate nodal officer be appointed to ensure proper facilities and other arrangements for the Covid patients. He said that in cases of unfortunate death of any covid patients, steps must be taken for immediate handing over the body to the family.

Health Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal urged the doctors and other paramedical staff to work with greater dedication for treatment of patients. He also felt the need for providing food as per the requirements of the covid patients.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi also felt the need for adopting a humane approach towards the Covid patients.

Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister J.C. Sharma, Principal Secretary Revenue Onkar Sharma and other officers attended the meeting.

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Ayushmaan Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna improves universal health coverage in the state

Ayushmaan Bharat Pardhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna, Implemented two years ago, is proving to be a boon for people in getting free medical treatment in critical ailments. The scheme has also helped in increasing universal health coverage in the state. This ambitious scheme implemented on 23rd September, 2018 in the state and is being implemented effectively in Himachal Pradesh.

About five lakh families are eligible for availing benefits of the scheme in the state. As many as 71438 beneficiaries have availed free treatment with an expenditure of Rs. 71.95 crore.

Provision of free treatment upto Rs. 5 lakh

The scheme provides free treatment upto rupees five lakh on hospitalization. At present, 200 hospitals in the state are registered under the scheme, including 62 private hospitals. Beneficiaries can also avail the benefit of free medical treatment in registered hospitals of any other state or Union Territories of the country. About 1579 procedures have been included for free treatment under Ayushmaan Bharat, including day care surgeries.

  • Sushma Devi of Rajgarh became first beneficiary

Sushma Devi of Rajgarh area in district Sirmaur was the first beneficiary to get treatment under Ayushmaan Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna in Himachal Pradesh. She underwent successful treatment in Civil Hospital Rajgarh.

  • Objective of the scheme

Before implementation of this scheme there was a provision of free treatment upto Rs. 30 thousand only for common diseases under health scheme which was not sufficient for treatment of critical ailments. The poor and needy families had to face difficulty while getting treatment for critical illness. Keeping this situation in view, Prime Minister Narandra Modi launched World's biggest health security scheme Ayushmaan Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna on 23rd September, 2018.

For successful implementation of this scheme in the state, regional level officers of various departments have been involved. Extensive publicity is being ensured by the Information and Public Relations Department. Panchayati Raj institutions have also been involved to give information related to the scheme and discussions are held in Gram Sabhas of each Panchayat.

  • Golden cards are being issued

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal said that Golden cards are being issued regularly under the Ayushmaan Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna, so that maximum needy families can avail the benefit of the scheme. The eligible families can take their Aadhar Card and Ration Card to the nearest Lok Mitra Kendra and make the Golden card. He urged the eligible families to make their golden care at earliest so that they could avail benefit of free treatment of upto rupees five lakh when required. He said that beneficiaries can also contact toll free number 14555 to know their eligibilitIssued by:-

Director,

I&PR, Himachal Pradesh