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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Curbs at Mani Majra houses, Dhanas block

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 3

For effective management of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UT Administration has declared a few houses at Pipliwala Town in Mani Majra and a residential block of EWS Colony at Dhanas micro-containment zones.

UT Adviser Manoj Parida said six houses — 320, 321, 321-B, 325, 327/1 and 327/3 — at Pipliwala Town in Mani Majra and the top floor of 106-C Block of EWS Colony at Dhanas had been declared micro-containment zones for intensive screening, sanitisation and treatment.

During a review meeting, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore directed Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar to find additional facilities where Covid-19 patients could be accommodated whenever the need arose. He said community halls located away from residential areas could be utilised for the purpose in view of the continuous increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

As a contingency plan, the Administration has made arrangements for nearly 3,000 beds for a population of nearly 12 lakh. Among the dedicated hospitals, the PGI has 200 beds and the Sector 48 hospital 100.

The Administrator directed Principal Secretary (Health) Arun Kumar Gupta to start a dedicated dialysis facility for Covid patients, who require regular dialysis. It would reduce the burden on the PGI. All such Covid patients, who require regular dialysis, may contact the Director-Principal, GMCH.

Dr GD Puri of the PGI said many patients from Punjab and Haryana and neighbouring states were coming to the emergency and when found positive, they had to be accommodated at Nehru Hospital Extension. He requested the Administrator to take up with the neighbouring states the issue of overcrowding of the PGI by patients who could be treated locally instead of being brought to the PGI. The Administrator advised the PGI Director to hold regular meetings with the health directors of the neighbouring states and stick to proper protocol in receiving patients from other states.

Parida said the decision to close Sukhna Lake on weekends was widely accepted in the city. "This has also led to out-of-town tourists avoiding unnecessary visits to Sukhna Lake," he said. In view of the hooch tragedy in Punjab, the Administrator directed the DGP to ensure that there was no supply of spurious liquor in any area of the UT.

UT gets 5,500 kits for antigen test

The UT Health Department has received 5,500 kits for the antigen test for coronavirus. Dr G Dewan, Director, Health Services, said these kits would be utilised for extensive testing of samples, particularly among health officials, police personnel, municipal officials and vendors in the mandi.

from The Tribune

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