Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today visited Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital Shimla to administer second dose of Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) today. He had administered the first dose on 4th March, 2021.
Later, while interacting with the members of electronic media, Chief Minister urged the people of the State to come forward to get themselves vaccinated against Corona virus. He said that the vaccination campaign was going on smoothly in the State and as many as 13.89 lakh doses of vaccine have been administered in the State till date. He said that using face masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hand regularly were a few steps to check spread of the virus.
Chief Minister said that the biggest vaccination campaign of the world was being successfully implemented in the country and this was result of hard work of our scientists and doctors. He said that the Centre Government has decided to provide vaccination to all the people above the age of 18 years. He said that the State Government in its Cabinet meeting held yesterday has decided to provide free vaccines to the people above the age of 18 years.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Surekha Chopra and Medical Superintendent Dr. Ravinder Mokta were present on the occasion.
Jogindra Central Cooperative Bank Management Solan here today presented a bank draft of Rs. 11 lakh to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur as a contribution towards Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF). Chairman of Bank Yogesh Bhartiya presented the draft to the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister thanked the bank authorities for this noble gesture. He also urged the people of the state and various organisations to contribute towards CMRF and Covid Fund during this period of crisis.
Ensuring welfare and wellbeing of people is responsibility of elected representatives: CM
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur urged the elected representatives of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to remain in constant contact with the family members of the Covid-19 patients in home isolation in their respective areas so that they do not face any difficulty and also get proper medical counselling and treatment. He was virtually addressing the elected members of Urban Local Bodies regarding Covid-19 situation in the State from Shimla today.
Chief Minister said that the peoples’ participation in checking spread of pandemic and helping the people in distress that was visible last year was missing this time. He urged the elected representatives of Urban Local Bodies to come forward to help the needy at the time of distress. He said that steps must be taken to ensure that migrate labourers do not face any inconvenience and were motivated to stay back.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the representatives must come forward to motivate the people to get themselves vaccinated. He said that old people and those with disabilities must be helped to reach vaccination centres, so that they could be vaccinated. He said that the elected representatives must educate the people of their respective areas regarding any misconception about vaccination. He said that the elected representatives must come forward to distribute face masks, hand sanitizers and food kits to the poor and needy. He said that the sanitary workers must be provided proper protection gears to ensure that they do not catch infection.
Chief Minister said that steps must be taken to keep a better vigil on industrial areas of the State so that the migrant labourers do not get infected. He said that regular sanitization must be carried out in the towns and municipalities and steps should be taken to ensure that not more than fifty people attend any social functions. He said that the Health Department should provide information regarding covid-19 positive patients to the councilors so that they could contact the family members of the Covid-19 positive patients. He said that the councilors at their own level also must keep an eye on any covid-19 patient in their areas.
Jai Ram Thakur said that it was the duty of any elected representative to ensure welfare and wellbeing of the people of his or her area. He said that the Corona pandemic this time was not only spreading at a faster pace, but was also more fatal. He said that number of cases and deaths during the last about two months have increased at a rapid pace. He said that as many as 250 deaths have been reported in last two months only. He said that the State Government has taken some stringent steps to check the spread of this virus. He said that the Government has imposed restrictions on visit of devotees to the major temple in the State and from today only Puja would be allowed in these temples. He said that Government has also announced that all the offices would remain close on Saturday and Sunday. He said that buses would ply with 50 per cent seat capacity and only 50 people have been permitted in all religious, social and other gatherings. He said that it becomes duty of the elected representatives to ensure effective implementation of the guidelines and SoPs laid down by the State Government from time to time.
Chief Minister said that the State would provide adequate logistic support to the Municipalities to fight this pandemic. He said that the State Government would provide IEC material to the Municipalities so that the same could be provided to the masses to educate them about steps to be taken to check spread of the virus and also regarding the vaccination. He said that the representatives of ULBs must provide Kada, Chawanprash, fruits and other essential commodities to the Covid-19 positive patients, which would not only help them, but would also instill confidence to effectively fight the virus.
Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the elected representatives of the ULBs could play a vital role in helping the people in home isolation. He said that community centres of Municipalities could be used as vaccination centres so that people could be facilitated to get vaccination. He said that effective IEC campaign must be launched to educate the people regarding steps to be taken to check spread of the virus and also regarding vaccination.
Principal Secretary Rajneesh while welcoming the Chief Minister in the video conference said that all the newly elected representatives of the Urban Local Bodies have joined the meeting virtually. He said that all these representatives have effectively and pro-actively worked to check spread of corona virus in their respective areas. He said that even registration portal was started to register the event slated to be held in the municipal limits so that the administration has knowledge about the events and proper SoPs could be followed.
Mayor Municipal Corporation Dharamshala Onkar Nahariya, Mayor Municipal Corporation Mandi Deepali, Mayor Municipal Corporation Solan Poonam, Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Shimla Satya Kaundal, Chairman Nagar Parishad Bilaspur Kamlender Kashyap, Chairperson Nagar Parishad Chamba Neelam Nayar, Chairman Nagar Parishad Hamirpur Manoj Kumar, Chairperson Nagar Parishad Una Pushpa, Chairperson Nagar Parishad Baddi Urmila, Chairman Nagar Parishad Kullu, Nagar Panchayat Bhuntar and Sundernagar said that the elected representatives were motivating the people to go for vaccination and help the people in distress.
Director Urban Development Abid Hussain Sadiq welcomed the Chief Minister and conducted the virtual meeting.
Additional Chief Secretary PWD J.C. Sharma was present on the occasion at Shimla whereas Mayors and Deputy Mayors of Municipal Corporations, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen and councilors of Nagar Parishad and Nagar Panchayats, CEO and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporation attended the meeting virtually.
A delegation of Dev Bhumi Kshatriya Sabha, Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha called on the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today.
The members of the Sabha urged the Chief Minister to constitute Swaran Aayog in the State to provide an apt platform to the people belonging to general categories to raise their issues.
Chief Minister assured the delegation that the State Government would sympathetically consider their demand.
Rumit Thakur, Madhan Thakur, Jitender Rajput and other leaders accompanied the delegation.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presided over a high level meeting with senior officers to review the Covid-19 situation in the State, here today.
It was decided that all educational institutions of the State would remain close till 1 May, 2021 and faculty of schools, colleges and universities would also not come to their duty.
The State Government also decided to put complete ban on transfers of field functional staff.
Chief Minster said that he recently visited three districts of the State and took stock of the Covid-19 situation. The state Cabinet meeting would be held on 22 April to take few more decisions to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus.
He directed the officers to enhance the bed capacity in the hospitals. He said that steps would be taken to ensure proper availability of oxygen and medical staff in the State. He said that bed capacity would be enhanced in Nerchowk Medical College, IGMC Shimla, Zonal Hospital Dharamshala, Tanda Medical College, Sunder Nagar Hospital and various other hospitals. He said that health workers would be posted in appropriate number for care of Covid-19 patients.
He said that special emphasis was being laid on providing better health care and other facilities to the patients under home isolation.
He said that the vaccination drive has been given added pace in the State and so far 11.46 lakh people have been inoculated the first dose. The state was on 7th position in the vaccination drive in the country on the basis of population density rate.
Health Minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, ACSs R.D. Dhiman and J.C.Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHM, Himachal Dr. Nipun Jindal and Medical Superintendent, IGMC Shimla Dr. Janak Raj were present in the meeting.
Doctors, paramedical staff and other health workers must bring a behavioural change in their attitude while treating the Covid-19 patients both in Covid Health Institutions as well as in Home isolation for better treatment of the patients. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting to review the Covid-19 and drought like situations in the district at Bachat Bhawan Bilaspur today.
Chief Minister said that most of the doctors and other paramedical staff were working with great commitment and dedication to treat covid-19 patients, but still greater commitment was required to ensure better results. He said that strengthening the mechanism of home isolation was need of the hour as about 95 per cent of the active cases of Covid-19 were in home isolation. He said that effective data about the patients in home isolation must be collected and they should also be provided pulse oxymeter, hand sanitizer along other essential medicines. He said that active involvement of local Pradhans in rural areas should be ensured to effectively coordinate with the family members of the covid-19 positive patients in home isolation besides local health and Asha workers. Effective mechanism must be evolved to regularly monitor health parameters of the patients in home isolation besides motivating the people, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur urged the members of vyapar mandals to give their wholehearted support to the State Government to fight spread of this pandemic. He said that the district administration must keep watch on people coming back home from religious congregations from other States with intensity of Covid-19. He said the elected representatives of the PRIs could pay a vital role in identifying such persons coming back from such States. He said that the virus was spreading at much a pace and is more fatal as the deaths reported in the State during last about fifty days has gone up from 970 to 1177. He said that the Asha Workers must also record the other co-morbidities of the Covid-19 patients in home isolation so that better treatment of the covid-19 patients could be done.
Chief Minister said that a special campaign must be launched to ensure active participation of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, NGOs, Mahila Mandals, Yuvak Mandals etc. to strengthen the mechanism of home isolation. He said that as compared to other states, Himachal Pradesh was still better due to effective covid-19 management done by the State, but still lot more needed to be done to curb this pandemic.
While reviewing the situation arisen due to the drought like situation in Bilaspur district, Chief Minister felt the need for rationing of water supply in a planned manner. He said that handpumps could also be installed in areas which were facing huge water crisis. He said that steps must also be laid to interlink water schemes besides going for augmentation of water supply schemes. He said that the officials of Jal Shakti Department must ensure proper distribution of water supply and also check water leakages.
MLAs Subhash Thakur and J.R. Katwal also gave their valuable suggestions on the occasion, to contain the spread of pandemic in the district. They also felt the need that capacity in the district must be increased besides keeping an eye on the people visiting the high load States. They said that proper coordination between the Jal Shakti Department and HPSEB must be ensured for better supply of water.
Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi said that the State Government was strictly following tracing, testing and treating of the covid-19 patients in the State. He directed the officers to ensure adequate stock of essential drugs, oxygen facilities and other logistics in the hospitals for better treatment of the covid patients. He also urged the elected representatives of PRIs to ensure better coordination with the family members of the covid-19 patients.
Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Rohit Jamwal, while welcoming the Chief Minister, said that there were 493 active cases in the district and 28 deaths have been reported in the district. He said that out of the total active cases, 392 cases were in home isolation in the district. He said that each patient has been attached to the concerned Medial Officer of the area and local Asha worker and Health worker visit the patient in home isolation twice a day to monitor his health parameters. He said that about 70 per cent population of the eligible groups had been vaccinated. He said that the district has a total bed capacity of 275 and the district administration was planning to further expand the same to tackle the any eventuality. He said that the district has witnessed 63 per cent less rainfall in the till 1st March to 18th April this year which was a matter of concern. He said that if the drought like condition prevails about 42 water supply schemes would get affected in the district. He said that the district has also witnessed about 50 per cent loss in crops due to drought like conditions. He said that the district was bound to witness fodder crisis due to drought.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Rajinder Garg, MLA Hamirpur Narinder Thakur, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Trilok Jamwal, Superintendent of Police Devakar Sharma, senior district level officers and representatives of various social, religious and business organizations attended the meeting, whereas representatives of the PRIs also joined the meeting virtually from their respective areas.
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