Rrelaxation in lockdown would become effective from April 20

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Chandigarh, April 16, 2020– Haryana Chief Secretary, Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora  said  that as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India, the relaxation in lockdown would become effective from April, 20, therefore all the Deputy Commissioners should prepare and plan for the permitted operations including, the auction of fisheries ponds, construction work, the opening of Dhabas and Common Service Centres (CSCs) etc.

Apart from these activities, forest watering, irrigation and mining operations should also be carried out in a phased manner ensuring proper health protocols.

She said Police Department would be playing an important role in monitoring and ensuring the adherence of guidelines issued for carrying out the economic operations in a systematic manner.  She directed that every deputy Commissioner should do systematic planning of carrying out these operations as per the lockdown protocol in containment zones.

The Chief Secretary gave these directions while presiding over the meeting of the Crisis Coordination Committee with the nodal and officers appointed for COVID-19, through video conferencing here today.

She further directed that as the MNREGA labour is allowed for activities especially irrigation operations and water conservation, therefore the officers concerned should strictly ensure and closely monitor issuing of the e-Passes to everyone involved in these operations. She directed that Deputy Commissioners should ensure that only those brick-kilns should be opened which have been given permission by the NGT.

She further directed that the Industry Department should issue immediate directions to all the industrialists and establishments to adhere to the checklist as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) given by the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines. Apart from this, a system should be kept in place for the issuing of e-Passes. She directed that the passes should be strictly issued only for going to the place of work and back to home.

She directed that every Deputy Commissioner and Civil Surgeons should immediately hold meetings with the district chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and tell them that they have to actively participate in reporting to the Civil Surgeons, District, and Public Health Authorities about any patient who has influenza or COVID-19 symptoms so that the patient can immediately be sent for further sampling.  She shared that the IMAs should sensitize their doctors to report the symptoms of such patients immediately and strict action would be taken against those showing negligence.

She further directed that as the General OPDs would again be starting from April 20, 2020, therefore the officers concerned should ensure that the visiting of OPDs should be done in a staggered manner so that the social distancing norm should be strictly adhered to. She directed that the OPDs should be made functional outside the hospital premises and marking should be done outside the OPDs so that overcrowding is not done outside that area premises.  She directed that the intimation of the visit of these mobile OPDs should be given in advance to every district, block, and village so that the maximum number of people can avail the services of these OPDs.

Meanwhile during the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora said that the containment zone protocols, plotting of containment zones in the rural areas would be done in which mapping of a particular village which has been found to be part of the containment zone would be included based on the latitude and longitude. Thereafter, a line of three kilometers or whatever is required would be drawn and accordingly other areas which are also treated as containment zones, would also be included in these, he added.

He shared that mobile teams have been constituted and sent to cover every block, village, and district to conduct the health checkups of non-COVID patients apart from COVID patients. He said that teams have been asked to take on-the-spot samples of those having any flu-like symptoms.

He further shared that apart from this, Mobile OPDs have been directed to ensure the availability of essential medicines and distribute the same wherever needed. He shared that control room numbers were also functioning as telemedicine numbers and about 900 doctors have been empanelled for providing medical assistance.

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