Raipur, Apr 25:
Chief Minister Mr Bhupesh Baghel today reviewed the updated status of COVID cases and preventive measures being taken in the municipal councils of Raipur and Durg division. In the joint review meeting held today, chairman and chief municipal officers of all the municipal councils of Raipur and Durg division participated. Today, in the video conference held from the Chief Minister’s Office, Urban Administration Minister Dr Shiv Kumar Dahriya, Chief Secretary Mr Amitabh Jain, Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Secretary of Urban Administration Department, Mrs. Alermelmangai D were also present. Mr Baghel said in his address to the review meeting that presently, we all are going through a difficult time because of this global pandemic, but we are determined to overcome this crisis as soon as possible with the support and cooperation of everyone. Mr Baghel gave instructions to ensure better management in hospitals, to provide easy access to COVID treatment and medicines, and to ensure adequate availability of oxygen beds and life-saving medicines. He added that in view of the spike in number of COVID cases, any person experiencing symptoms like cold, cough and fever should immediately get their COVID-test done and start taking the prescribed medicines. This will help in containing the infection and in preventing the complications. He especially emphasized on pacing up the vaccination drive and COVID testing of people on a large scale.
Chief Minister Mr Baghel gave strict instructions to ensure regular cleaning and garbage disposal in each and every locality of urban bodies. Meanwhile, he also directed the officials concerned to monitor and inspect all the localities and ensure that people do not gather in large groups at one place. He also directed to ensure compliance to the protocol for prevention of COVID-19 infection. He gave necessary instructions to rigorously conduct COVID test of people arriving at airports, railway stations and bus stands from other states.
Chief Minister Mr Baghel gave instructions to make proper arrangements for treatment of COVID patients in hospitals and for prevention of fire mishaps in hospitals. Ventilators, oxygen-equipped beds, necessary medical equipment and medicines should be made available to the hospitals in adequate quantity , so that the patients do not face any inconvenience. In the same sequence, oxymeters and medicines should be made available at gram panchayat level for proper treatment arrangements in rural areas as well. Chief Minister informed that in view of the COVID crisis, the ration stock of May and June will be made available to the PDS beneficiaries free of cost. He directed the urban bodies to ensure quick storage and distribution of this ration allotment. Similarly, the Mayors and the Councilors were asked to ensure better utilization of funds for COVID control and treatment.
In the meeting, Urban Administration Minister Dr Shiv Kumar Dahria said that all the urban bodies in the state are constantly striving to control COVID-19 infection and to provide better facilities to the people.
Raipur, Apr 25: