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Punjab fully equipped to deal with any new wave of Covid-19: Bhagwant Mann

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | April 27, 2022 09:32 PM

CHANDIGARH: Amidst the looming threat of new wave of the Covid 19, Punjab Chef Minister Mr. Bhagwant Mann today said that the state is fully prepared to tackle any surge in the cases of pandemic.

Participating in the virtual meeting of the Chief Ministers convened by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in wake of the rise in case of Covid 19, Mr. Bhagwant Mann unequivocally said that Punjab has evolved an effective mechanism to tackle with any sort of new wave of the pandemic. He said that Punjab already has ample of resources to deal with any sort of insurgency adding that situation is under control in Punjab and every step will be further taken to protect the valuable lives of people. The Chief Minister further said that the medical and para medical staff of the state, who are the real corona warriors, are better equipped to face any rise in cases of the Covid pandemic.

The Chief Minister said that 97 % of the state’s population have already got first dose of Covid vaccination, 76% of people have been administered double dose of vaccination as compared to national percentage of 87% and 5.11 lakh people have also got booster dose to fight the pandemic. He said that at present very few cases (only 176 cases are active) in the state adding that on an average 25 cases are coming up daily. Mr. Bhagwant Mann said that neither any patient was in critical situation nor was in the ICU and only six cases of level two are there in the state.

The Chief Minister said that there is no dearth of resources to provide the best health services to people of the state. He reiterated that the state government is duty bound to make all necessary arrangements to prevent possible fourth or next wave of COVID-19 adding he said that regular monitoring of the Civid situation is being done by the state government. Mr. Bhagwant Mann said that there are already sufficient number of beds available and the state is adequately prepared for any surge in the number of cases.

The Chief Minister said that there are 1236 beds at Government Medical College Amritsar, 1450 beds at Government Medical College Patiala and 1025 beds at Government Medical College, Faridkot. He said that 360, 560 and 400 Oxygen beds are available at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot respectively. Mr. Bhagwant Mann further said that the number of ICU beds in Amritsar are 280, in Faridkot 250 and in Patiala 280 adding that there are 165 COVID ventilator beds in Amritsar, 96 in Patiala and 141 in Faridkot.

On the occasion Health Minister Dr. Vijay Singla, Chief Secretary Mr. Anirudh Tiwari, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. A Venuprasad and others were also present.

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