Haryana Government directed ensure the availability of medicines, masks

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Chandigarh, March 16, 2020 – In view of the Corona Virus, the Haryana Government has directed to ensure the availability of medicines, masks, and sanitizers to the public at reasonable prices. The government has set-up two helpline numbers 8558893911 and 108 where information regarding the novel corona virus (COVID-19) suspects in the state can be given. The movement of the corona virus suspect will be monitored through mobile tracking.

Haryana Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora today gave special guidelines to the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Chief Health Officers, and other senior officials of the state through video conferencing from Chandigarh.

She instructed the officers to make proper arrangements by coordinating with various departments to prevent the spread of the corona virus in their respective districts. In order to generate awareness among the people, hoardings should be installed in public places stating on “what to do, what not to do” and “how to wash hands properly.”

Apart from this,  awareness campaigns, should be organized through advertisement, television, radio, SMS. She also said that retired medical officers, paramedical staff, and ex-servicemen should also be involved in this task to handle any emergency situation in future. Along with the officers of the government, medical students should also be taken.

She said that all the officials, along with the Food and Civil Supplies Department, should ensure that medicines, masks, and sanitizers are available to the public at reasonable prices. She said that officers and employees in the offices should also, be informed about the corona virus and make sanitizers available in offices of all departments; mini-secretariats and other populated places so that the possibility of spreading the disease is prevented. She said that proper places should be identified to keep the suspects of corona virus separate for monitoring, where their all requirements are arranged.

She instructed to get all sub-divisional and block level officers to be trained so that the public can be made aware. She said that the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) should also ensure that necessary facilities are available in medical colleges, apart from private and government hospitals in all districts.

She said that the DCs should request the private companies in their respective areas to inform the Chief Medical Officer through  internet regarding employees who visit from other countries. Apart from this, the companies should also allow employees to work from home if possible.

She directed that all government and private hospitals should be sanitized and sanitizers, masks should be provided to doctors and paramedical staff and also to the  patients, suffering from other diseases so as to  protect them from this virus. She said that hygiene and cleanliness should be maintained.

She said that the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Chief Health Officers and other senior officers of all districts should coordinate and provide important information related to the corona virus to each other. She also directed to arrange all medical equipment required to tackle any emergency situation in the district hospitals as soon as possible. She instructed to prepare at least 100 isolation-beds in all districts and more than 500 isolation-beds in Gurugram, adjoining New Delhi.

She said that the government’s decision to close all cinema halls, schools (except exams), gyms, swimming pools, night clubs should be strictly implemented till March 31, 2020. Apart from this, attention should be paid to ban the gathering of more than 200 people in any social, political, cultural, educational, sports competition and family events across the state.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Department Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Mr. P.K. Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Mr S. N. Roy, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education and Research Department Mr. Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department Mr. Rajeev Arora and several senior officials of Haryana Government were present.

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