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Covid-19 recovery rate in Haryana increases to 77.46 percent

PUNJAB NEW EXPRESS | July 28, 2020 06:05 PM

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Health Department's consistent efforts ever since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic have paid off as there has been a steady increase in the recovery rate of infected patients and gradual decline in fatality rate as well.

The figures were revealed during a video-conference held under the Chairpersonship of Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora with Dr. V. K. Paul, Professor, Member, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Government of India and officers of Government of Haryana on COVID-19 status in the State. The Chief Secretary said that lockdown and containment measures have been enforced effectively in the State while also ensuring that the economic activity goes on unaffected.

While giving a presentation the Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Haryana, Mr. Rajeev Arora, disclosed that in the month of June the recovery rate was 44.78 percent which has improved to 77.46 percent by July-end and is higher than the national recovery rate of 63.53 percent.

He further informed the officers during the presentation that there was a decline in the fatality rate as well. Also, the state has been progressively increasing the number of tests conducted both under Rapid Antigen Test as well as RT-PCR, and during June-July the number of tests conducted in the State have doubled while the tests per million population have reached a figure of 21, 157. The Positivity Rate in the State has gone down to 5.75%. The logistics and medical infrastructure of the state is in place as the testing capacity has been increased to 15, 000 tests per day and more testing laboratories would be established to further augment the testing capability. Sero-epidemiological survey is also being conducted and will be strengthened further.

He said that the state has 10, 630 isolation beds, sufficient supply of medicines, 1, 080 ventilators etc. Moreover, plasma therapy is also being administered for treatment of COVID-19 patients and is being strengthened further. Certain good practices, including intensive surveys of vulnerable sections of people, monitoring of cases under home isolation through Medical Colleges in the State, etc. are being followed to ensure better management of the pandemic. Listing out the best practices followed across the districts in the state Mr. Arora said that effective contact tracing through a pre-designed format within 72 hours was being done in Gurugram, also an alliance between hospitals and hotels was there in districts like Gurugram and Faridabad to ensure proper facilities. Around 403 ambulances were functional and more were hired on the basis of need and 956 regular doctors and 206 AYUSH Medical officers were recruited in view of the pandemic. Also, Itihas portal was used for the identification of emerging hospitals.

Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education & Research, Haryana, Mr. Alok Nigam stated that the medical institutions are well equipped with the necessary infrastructure & equipments and retired medical professionals are being hired to augment human resource requirements as per need.

Gurugram Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Amit Khatri and Faridabad Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Yash Pal made presentations on the level of preparedness and efforts taken so far in their respective districts with respect to COVID-19 management.

Prof. O. P. Kalra, Vice-Chancellor of Pt. B.D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak informed that multi-disciplinary medical advice is being rendered to the patients, including pulmonary medicine, critical care, and anaesthesia. He said that the patients are also being treated through high flow oxygen therapy which is showing good results. He further informed that dedicated helpline for providing medical advice to the patients is operational across the State with a special focus on mental health and research projects are also going on in the State to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19.

Dr. Sujeet Kumar Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India appreciated the measures taken by the State to control the spread of pandemic, especially in the districts of Faridabad & Gurugram. He particularly praised the targeted COVID-19 tests conducted on street vendors & other vulnerable sections of people and suggested that high population density areas should be targeted for containment of spread of the disease.

Chief Secretary further added that a State-wide campaign is being run to check instances of violation of geo-fencing.

Professor, Member, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Dr. Paul appreciated the efforts taken so far by the Government of Haryana towards handling the pandemic and encouraged the officers to ensure that the pandemic does not spread further. He stated that the situation in Haryana has stabilized and systematic & scientific management of the pandemic is required to check the spread. He particularly emphasized that by taking a cue from the lessons learnt so far, focussed efforts should be made in districts that have so far remained largely unaffected by the pandemic so that the disease does not spread further. He further stated that the younger population especially the infants are needed to be protected and that more High Dependency Units need to be set up in Medical Colleges.

The video-conferencing session was also attended by Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Haryana Mr. V. Umashankar, Director General of Medical Education and Research Haryana, Mrs. Amneet P. Kumar, Director of Information, Public Relations & Languages Haryana Mr. P. C. Meena and Chief Executive Officer of Ayushman Bharat Haryana Health Protection Authority Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena.

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