Haryana is fully prepared to deal with any situation arising due to the Coronavirus crisis

Haryana is fully prepared to deal with any situation arising due to the Coronavirus crisis

Chandigarh, June 13- Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora said that the State is fully prepared to deal with any situation arising due to the Coronavirus crisis.  She said that proactive strategies are made to effectively combat the spread of this global Pandemic.

         Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary while presiding over a meeting of Crisis Coordination Committee with  Deputy Commissioners and Nodal Officers appointed for COVID-19, through video conferencing here today, has directed them to further ramp up COVID-19 management preparations coupled with aggressive surveillance, stringent containment, swift contact tracing, focused clinical management along with proactive IEC activities.

         “Mask wearing and following the social distancing norms has to be made compulsory and enforced in the true spirit,” she said.

While directing the Officers concerned about the monitoring of containment zones, Chief Secretary said that now proper demarcation of entry and exit points in containment zones, contact tracing and clinical management in the Containment Zone would be the priority.

She said that more emphasis should be laid on surveillance of towns and villages. She said that community awareness is need of the hour and for this panchayats, volunteers, RWAs and volunteers have to be engaged immediately.

She further said that the availability of oxygen cylinders should be ensured in every hospital by five times. She said that if need the availability of oxygen cylinders should be ensured at COVID care Centres.  Besides this, the capacity of hospital beds, adequate availability of PPE kits and fatality management should also be done on a priority basis.  She said that understanding the need of the hour, final year MBBS, Paramedic and nursing students have to be trained to tackle any alarming situation.

The Chief Secretary further directed the Deputy Commissioners, to meticulously carry out the surveillance for Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) or Influenza-like illnesses (ILI) to detect any possible hidden infections at an early stage to ensure timely containment.

She directed the Deputy Commissioners to make the maximum use of Information Technology, to adopt a mechanism in which any person having COVID symptoms should know where he has to go for treatment and further steps are to be taken to contain the virus.

While giving directions regarding  Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines for home isolation, the Chief Secretary said, “As per guidelines, any patient who has been clinically diagnosed with very mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 cases should immediately be home quarantined to break the chain of transmission”.

She said that the health status of all such cases should be monitored regularly by incident commanders and the same should be shared with surveillance teams.

“An active house to house surveillance has to be continued along with a special focus on follow-up of people suffering from co-morbidities like TB, kidney disease, etc, ” the Chief Secretary said.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Rajeev Arora said that to contain the virus spread in Haryana, all necessary steps have already been taken and stringent strategies have been made continuously.

“Every Deputy Commissioners have to ensure to gear up the strategies of COVID management in Haryana by primarily emphasizing on disease surveillance and then on treatment.  Intensive IEC activities along with swift feedback mechanisms have to develop through unit teams to identify high-risk cases,” he said.

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