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Haryana asks Deputy Commissioners to ramp up, earmark infrastructure to tackle heavy patient load

An advisory was issued to all the Deputy Commissioners to initiate specific measures in their respective districts to curtail further transmission of the virus by the office of Haryana Chief Secretary in this regard on Friday.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: January 7, 2022 9:04:21 pm
Directive issued by Chief Secretary wants the deputy commissioners to establish and identify isolation and treatment centres for Covid patents in the districts | PTI/file

The Haryana government on Friday, in view of the rising number of Covid infections, asked Deputy Commissioners to ramp up, earmark infrastructure, oxygen and essential medicines availability to tackle a heavy patient load, if and when required.

An advisory was issued to all the Deputy Commissioners to initiate specific measures in their respective districts to curtail further transmission of the virus by the office of Haryana Chief Secretary in this regard on Friday.

“The government of Haryana has taken various measures for containing the spread of Covid-19. As part of graded response, various restrictions were put in place for major public activities and guidelines have been issued from time to time as per the evolving situation. Considering the rise in Covid-19 cases in the state, all the Deputy Commissioners have been directed to strengthen their preparedness for tackling any adverse situation in future due to a surge in number of cases,” the directions issued by Chief Secretary, Sanjeev Kaushal, reads.

The Deputy Commissioners have been asked to “establish/ demarcate Covid-care centres in rural and urban areas required for isolation and treatment of Covid-19 positive patients for treatment. The deputy Commissioners are also advised to review their stock of oxygen and essential medicines and also to chalk out a plan for ensuring supply and availability of the same, for any adverse situation in future”.

Regarding home isolation guidelines, the advisory mentions, “Over the past two years, it has been seen globally, as well as in India, that a majority of Covid-19 patients are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. Such cases usually recover with minimal intervention and accordingly may be managed at home under proper medical guidance and monitoring. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on January 5, issued updated guidelines for home isolation to clarify selection criteria, precautions that need to be followed by such patients and their families, signs that require monitoring and prompt reporting to health facilities. All Deputy Commissioners are advised to publicise the same for the information of general public.”

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