Ensure strict implementation of corona protocols
Haryana Health Minister, Sh. Anil Vij said that keeping in view the spread of new Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the feared third wave of COVID-19, Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police, Inspectors General of Police and Superintendents of Police of all the districts of the state have been givein instructions that they will ensure strict implementation of corona protocols such as wearing of masks, social distancing, hand hygiene etc. among the people in their respective districts and jurisdictions. In addition, all schools, industries, business premises, railway stations, bus stands, etc., where there is a possibility of gathering, are strictly enforced by agencies like police, health, Municipal Corporation and Committees for challaning those who do not wear masks in public places.
Sh. Vij was presiding over a review meeting of Health Department officials here today.
Sh. Vij said that as per the SOP (Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana) issued by the government that it would be ensured social distancing is followed on public gathering etc by these concerned officers. But violation of SOP will not be allowed otherwise necessary action will be taken. He said that instructions have been given to the officials that to make people aware in this regard, Munadi etc. will also be done in all public places.
Officials in the state will have to increase testing by constantly making people aware to protect against Covid- Anil Vij
Sh. Anil Vij said that to deal with the new variant Omicron of covid found in South Africa and the feared third wave of covid, the officials of the Health Department and related departments will have to be alert and will have to increase testing by continuously making people aware to protect against covid. Sh. Vij said that as the threat of Covid is reappearing, we will have to increase our testing.
Genome sequence of covid patient should also be done - Anil Vij
In the meeting, Sh. Vij was apprised by the officials that genome sequence is required to test the new variants found in South Africa and for that a machine has been installed in Haryana, to which Sh. Vij said that if any new covid patient is found in Haryana, then the genome sequence of his should be traced so that other people can be saved from infection.
During the meeting, the Health Minister was apprised that at present, testing is being done in the state in relation to Covid infection at about 12000 per day and we are now increasing it and in the coming few days according to 40 thousand per day. We have set a target to test it so that people can be saved from this infection. On the other hand, the officials said that at present there are sufficient number of RAT testing kits and RTPCR testing kits for testing.
Testing of passengers coming from 'at risk' countries should be done in the state- Vij
Similarly, officers apprised that those coming from countries in Europe including "at-risk" countries such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel the passengers are being tested at the airport and those who are found negative are being tested by the health department teams on the 8th day to prevent the spread of infection. On this, Sh. Vij directed the officers that even if any traveler who comes from abroad and quarantine himself, he should be telephoned daily by the health teams and get information about his health. So that if any symptoms are seen in it, then its treatment can be started.
Covid testing should also be done for patients with Influenza Like Illness (ILI) – Vij
Apart from this, the Health Minister directed the officers to conduct COVID testing of patients with Influenza Like Illness (ILI) to prevent the spread of infection. Similarly, Sh. Vij was informed by the officers that the Health Department has sufficient medicines in relation to covid and so far 79 PSA oxygen plants have been set up by the Health Department in various hospitals of the state. Similarly, RTPCR labs are also being established in 22 districts of the state, out of which these labs are also operational in some districts.
In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education, Sh. S.N. Roy, Principal Secretary, Health, Smt. G. Anupama, Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration, Sh. Rajiv Rattan, Director General of AYUSH Department Dr. Saket Kumar, Mission Director of NHM Sh. Prabhjot Singh, Director General of Health Services Dr. Veena Singh and Director Dr. Usha Gupta and other officers were present.