Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has emphasised the need for social distancing and underscored the importance of immediate testing on noticing even symptoms of Corona in the initial stages.
Now Bhopal will have a total lockdown from tonight (12 midnight onwards). This after a couple of senior bureaucrats have tested COVID-19 +positive. Questions are being raised why these officers had maintained secrecy about their foreign visit, if any, or coming in close contact with suspected coronavirus cases. It is also being asked why instead of self- quarantine, they were attending high-powered meetings, thereby jeopardising the life of others even after coronavirus outbreak has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO)
The Chief Minister has issued instructions that Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and Unani medicines should be distributed free of cost in rural and urban areas to increase immunity.
The Chief Minister was reviewing COVID 19 related situation and arrangements to combat the crisis through video conferencing on Saturday 4 April.
Adequate arrangement of Corona testing
State Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains informed during the video conference that adequate Corona testing kits are available in Madhya Pradesh. Currently we have 20,000 I.T.P.C.Rs. The testing capacity in the State is 500 tests per day in 6 labs.
The Chief Secretary informed that currently 13,895 persons have been placed in home quarantine and 400 persons have been quarantined separately in the state.
The Chief Minister directed that this capacity is to be increased to 1,000 tests per day in 14 labs. At present there are 29,795 PPE kits in the state and the state government is in a position to distribute 5000 PPE kits daily. These kits are being delivered to the divisional headquarters. The number of hydro chloroquine tablets is 2 lakh 25,000. While 10 lakh tablets will be available in the next four days. Till Saturday, there were 1.14 lakh N-95 masks available with the government and 50,000 of these were being distributed immediatelyd. also 3,324 oxygen cylinders were available, and orders for 1,000 more have been placed.
Ensure arrangements in new identified areas
The Chief Minister directed that all arrangements should be made in newly identified cities with COVID +ve cases like Morena, Chhindwara and Khargone. The Chief Minister said that apart from Health Department, employees of other departments, who are directly involved in Corona work, should also be given PPE kits. The Chief Minister directed that patients who have been found positive should be provided with the best treatment.
Food for migrant workers
The Chief Minister directed that there should be proper arrangement to provude food and other essential items to the migrant workers returning to the state from other States and those trapped in different regions of the state. It was informed that about 5 lakh labourers have returned to the State from outside. Of these, 13,750 labourers have gone through health examination. The workers returning from outside the state are being tested at the check post with Thermal Scanners and by Rapid Response Teams.
Strict action against mischievous elements
The Chief Minister said that it should be ensured that peace and order is maintained in all the districts. Strict action must be taken against mischievous elements. Meetings of religious leaders and social organizations have been organized at the district and police station level. The situation is peaceful in all the districts. The Chief Minister directed that the staff engaged in Corona duty should be taken care of. Transportation arrangements also should be made for nurses on duty.
The Chief Minister directed that the Gareeb Kalyan package of the Prime Minister should be properly implemented. The state government has credited money directly into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
Private hospitals must not refuse general treatment
The Chief Minister directed that patients visiting government hospitals for general ailments should not face any inconvenience. The Chief Minister directed that private hospitals should not refuse treatment for common ailments, otherwise action will be taken against them. Students who have become medical graduates will also be able to offer their services in local government hospitals.
Prompt resolution of complaints
Commissioner Public Relations P. Narhari said that 6,700 comments were received on the Chief Minister’s Twitter and Facebook account recently and all have been answered. Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Shiv Shekhar Shukla informed that 1755 complaints were received on Food Helpline recently. Briefing further, he said that food has been distributed to 4.28 lakh persons and ration to 56,500 persons.
Masks, sanitizer should not be sold in the black market
The Chief Minister directed that the rates of masks, sanitizers and food items have been fixed by the government, they should not be sold in the black marketed. Secretary Ayush Dr. M.K. Agarwal informed that Ayurvedic, Homeopathy and Unani medicines have been distributed free of cost to 1.64 lakhpersons in rural areas and 35000 persons in urban areas.