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Continue awareness campaign for protection from corona in rural & urban areas : CM Shri Chouhan

Door to door sample collection work not to be carried out
Arrangement to be made for sample collection at fever clinics

भोपाल : मंगलवार, सितम्बर 8, 2020, 17:29 IST

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan sought information about the status of Covid-19 in Madhya Pradesh before the Cabinet meeting. He said that patients from other places are visiting Bhopal and other big cities for treatment. These patients can get their treatment done at the district level only. Treatment is available in each and every district. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan directed that the bed capacity should also be increased in view of the numbers of present cases. Along with this, control command centres should be activated in every district, doctors will also be made available in these centres for counseling, he added.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan directed to ensure that there should be no shortage of oxygen in any hospital. He instructed to ensure the oxygen being used in the industrial sector in the state on priority, if needed. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the compulsory use of masks by the general public should also be ensured. Campaigns should be continued for this as well. He further said that urban administration and Panchayat & Rural Development Department should do publicity work. Increase awareness efforts. Transport Department is required to ensure use of masks compulorily by passengers in buses, he directed.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that markets are now opening after unlocking and at the same time, the challenge is also increasing. Therefore constant precautions should be taken.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that a lot of patients come from the districts to 4 major cities Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur. This situation is not very ideal at all, as citizens can get treatment in other districts as well, but concrete arrangements should also be made there. Arrangment of more beds should also be made in these hospitals in proportion to their requirement.

It was informed in the meeting that at present the recovery rate in the state is 76 percent. Fatality rate has also come down in Madhya Pradesh. The fatality rate has come down to 1.4 percent from 2.4. At present, there are about 17 thousand active cases in Madhya Pradesh. About 40 percent patients in Madhya Pradesh are availing treatment under home quarantine. The capacity of private hospitals is also being increased. Additional Chief Secretary Health Shri Mohammad Suleman said that there is no problem of beds availability in the state but necessary arrangements are being made for coming months. At present, about 55 percent ICU beds are occupied in cities like Bhopal and Indore. Currently, about 21 percent patients with symptoms of COVID are under home isolation. Now samples can be given in Fever Clinics. Along with this, the authorized hospital for the treatment of Covid-19 will also present bills for the amount spent on the admitted patient. It will be up to the patient to pay 100 percent or some part of it, if he/she wishes. Availability of ICU beds for people above 60 years of age in the state will be ensured on priority. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains was present at the meeting.

Ashok Manvani
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