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CM reviews covid and drought situation in Bilaspur District

Yadavindra S Rana | April 19, 2021 05:25 PM

BILASPUR (HP): Doctors, paramedical staff and other health workers must bring a behavioural change in their
attitude while treating the Covid-19 patients both in Covid Health Institutions as well as in Home isolation for
better treatment of the patients, stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the meeting to
review the Covid-19 and drought like situations in the district at Bachat Bhawan Bilaspur here on Monday.
He said that most of the doctors and other paramedical staff were working with extrat commitment and
dedication to treat covid-19 patients, but still more commitment was required to ensure better results. He said
that strengthening the mechanism of home isolation was need of the hour as about 95 per cent of the active cases
of Covid-19 were in home isolation.  He said that effective data about the patients in home isolation must be
collected and they should also be provided pulse oxymeter, hand sanitizer along other  essential medicines. He
said that active involvement of local Pradhans in rural areas should be ensured to effectively coordinate with the
family members of the covid-19 positive patients in home isolation besides local health and Asha workers.
Effective mechanism must be evolved to regularly monitor health parameters of the patients in home isolation
besides motivating the people, he added.
Mr Thakur urged the members of vyapar mandals to give their wholehearted support to the State
Government to fight spread of this pandemic. He said that the district administration must keep watch on people
coming back home from religious congregations from other States with intensity of Covid-19. He said the
elected representatives of the PRIs could pay a vital role in identifying such persons coming back from such
States. He said that the virus was spreading at much a pace and is more fatal as the deaths reported in the State
during last about fifty days has gone up from 970 to 1177. He said that the Asha Workers must also record the
other co-morbidities of the Covid-19 patients in home isolation so that better treatment of the covid-19 patients
could be done.
He also stressed on the special campaign to be launched to ensure active participation of elected
representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, NGOs, Mahila Mandals, Yuvak Mandals
etc. to strengthen the mechanism of home isolation. He said that as compared to other states, Himachal Pradesh
was still better due to effective covid-19 management done by the State, but still lot more needed to be done to
curb this pandemic.     
While reviewing the situation arisen due to the drought like situation in Bilaspur district, Chief
Minister felt the need for rationing of water supply in a planned manner. He said that handpumps could also be
installed in areas which were facing huge water crisis. He said that steps must also be laid to interlink water
schemes besides going for augmentation of water supply schemes. He said that the officials of Jal Shakti
Department must ensure proper distribution of water supply and also check water leakages.   
 MLAs Subhash Thakur and J.R. Katwal also gave their valuable suggestions on the occasion, to
contain the spread of pandemic in the district. They also felt the need that capacity in the district must be
increased besides keeping an eye on the people visiting the high load States. They said that proper coordination
between the Jal Shakti Department and HPSEB must be ensured for better supply of water.
Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Rohit Jamwal, apprised the Chief Minister, that there were 493 active
cases in the district and 28 deaths have been reported in the district. He said that out of the total active cases,
392 cases were in home isolation in the district. He said that each patient has been attached to the concerned
Medial Officer of the area and local Asha worker and Health worker visit the patient in home isolation twice a
day to monitor his health parameters. He said that about 70 per cent population of the eligible groups had been
vaccinated. He said that the district has a total bed capacity of 275 and the district administration was planning
to further expand the same to tackle the any eventuality. He said that the district has witnessed 63 per cent less
rainfall in the till 1st March to 18th April this year which was a matter of concern. He said that if the drought
like condition prevails about 42 water supply schemes would get affected in the district. He said that the district
has also witnessed about 50 per cent loss in crops due to drought like conditions. He said that the district was
bound to witness fodder crisis due to drought.

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