Special thrust must be laid on increasing the number of test to detect covid-19 patients besides strengthening the mechanism of home isolation in the State. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said this while presiding over the virtual review meeting of Covid-19 situation in Sirmour district from Nalagarh in Solan today. Chief Minister sad that that over 90 percent of the covid-19 patients were under home isolation in the State, thus emphasis must be on strengthening the mechanism of home isolation. He said that thus doctors must ensure proper treatment and regular monitoring of the patients under home isolation. He said that the health department must regularly monitor health parameters of the patients under home isolation. He said that elected representatives of the panchayati raj institutions must also be involved to keep a watch on health conditions of those under home isolation.Jai Ram Thakur said that the industrialists of Kala Amb and Poanta Sahib areas must be asked to ensure that the workers in their units strictly follow the SoPs and guidelines issued by the State Government to check spread of this virus. He said that focus should be laid on contact tracing of the covid-19 positive patients. He said that this would go a long way in timely detection of covid-19 cases in the State. He said that oxygenated bed capacity in the district should also be increased. He said that the shopkeepers must also ensure to strictly follow ‘No Mask, No Service’ policy to check the spread of corona virus.Chief Minister said that the district administration must also ensure the social functions such as marriages etc. must strictly follow the maximum limit prescribed for such events. He said that action, if required, could be taken against the violators. He said that district administration must also ensure that adequate arrangements be made to meet out the demand in case of any major surge in the cases. He said that people must be motivated to use face masks and hand sanitizers and also avoid overcrowding in public places. He said that effective regulation of devotees must also be ensured in temples and other religious places to avoid overcrowding.
Jai Ram Thakur said that senior doctors must also regularly visit patients admitted in the hospitals to check health parameters of the Covid-19 patients. He said that the patients must be provided proper guidance and consultation regarding his or her other illness and medication. He said that Police must also ensure that the people maintain social distancing and use of face masks. Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi said that the pace of vaccination must be increased as this was an effective tool to protect ourselves from this virus. He said that adequate doctors, para medical staff and equipments would be provided in all the hospitals in the district. He said that adequate stock of medicines and other equipments must be ensured by the Chief Medical Officers in their respective districts to meet out any eventuality. He said that all the private hospitals must be asked to be prepared as their services may be required in case of any eventuality. Deputy Commissioner Sirmour Dr R.K. Pruthi, while participating in the meeting virtually from Nahan of Sirmour district, said that there has been sharp surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the district. He said that out of the total 598 active cases, about 500 were from industrial areas of Kala Amb and Poanta Sahib. He has that out of these about 580 patients were under home isolation. He said that that the biggest cause of concern was increase in number of cases in rural areas. He said that effective IEC campaign has been launched in the district to educate the people regarding precautions to be adopted to check spread of this pandemic. Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, MP and State BJP President Suresh Kashyap, MLA Paramjit Singh Pammi, Chairman Water Management Board Darshan Singh Saini, former MLA K.L. Thakur, Deputy Commissioner Solan K.C. Chaman were also present on the occasion at Nalagarh.