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Chandigarh: In order to ensure quality care to COVID patients in the state, Punjab Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, on Wednesday ordered immediate ban on all the elective surgeries besides reserving 75 per cent beds in the private hospitals for Covid patients to help conquer the ongoing second wave effectively.
She was chairing a meeting of the administrative secretaries, Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police and Senior Superintendents of Police to review the current COVID situation here.
Sharing the communique from the Centre that a consignment of 4 lakh more doses of Covishield vaccine has been dispatched to Punjab, which will reach tomorrow, Ms Mahajan directed the Health department to further ramp up the ongoing vaccination drive.
She also ordered the delivery of the ‘Corona Fateh Kit’ (medical kit) and food kit if eligible to every patient on the very same day he/ she tests positive.
She asked the DCs to ensure the updation of CoWin portal on a regular basis.
“Vaccine wastage should be further brought down and Covaxin vaccination centres should be set up at district, sub-division and select private hospitals,” she instructed.
“Vaccine should be issued to district, sub-division hospitals, and community health centres and all peripheral centres should take daily supply from these facilities and return unutilised vaccine back to these stores on a daily basis,” Ms Mahajan desired.
Instructing the official machinery to go an extra mile to involve religious and social leaders in the fight against surging virus, the Chief Secretary said she has personally interacted with the SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur following which she has extended her full support to the government in fighting the crucial battle.
Principal Secretary Health, Hussan Lal, apprised the Chief Secretary that they have reached the 54,000-mark in daily testing and will ramp it up further in the coming days.
Allaying the rumours about oxygen shortage, Ms Mahajan said the state has sufficient medical oxygen and no person will be allowed to hoard the oxygen illegally.
The Director General of Police (DGP), Dinkar Gupta, informed the meeting that 130 FIRs have been registered against the violators of Covid norms across the state in the last 24 hours. Besides, the police have booked around 189 owners of marriage palaces, malls, hotels, and restaurants for violations of curfew timings and gathering limits in the state since April 18. (PR)