COVID 19 WAR ROOM PRESS RELEASE
Hon’ble Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT Chandigarh, Sh. VP Singh Badnore today presided over Daily War Room meeting. The meeting was attended by Sh. Manoj Parida, Adviser, UT, Chandigarh and Sh. Sanjay Beniwal, Director General of Police at Raj Bhawan. The Administrator also interacted with Sh. Arun Gupta, Principal Secretary (Home), Sh. AK Sinha, Finance Secretary, Sh. KK Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation and Sh. Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, Deputy Commissioners of Mohali & Panchkula, Director-PGIMER, Director Health Services and Director Principal, GMCH through Video Conferencing.
WAR ROOM DIRECTIONS
1. The Hon’ble Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh stated that the relaxations given in Chandigarh were basically aimed at re-starting economic activities, based on the overall guidelines given by the Central Government. He appealed to the residents to maintain proper social distancing and hygiene while utilizing the facility opened up.
2. The Administrator appealed to the Market Associations, traders and shop owners to take special steps to ensure that the market areas remain sanitized. They should also ensure that the customers maintain proper social distancing and wear masks. The Associations may provide hand washing facilities in Sector Markets in cooperation with Municipal Authorities to pre-empt chances of infection.
3. The Administrator expressed happiness about the arrangements made for sending 24,867 migrant labours and stranded persons to their home states through 18 special Shramik trains and buses. He advised the officers to ensure that necessary medical screening should be strictly done and food and water be provided to the passengers while boarding the trains.
4. The Administrator directed health authorities to focus on Containment Zones like Bapu Dhan Colony and Sector 30-B, so that further infection in these areas could be contained. There should be regular check of temperature and also oxygen saturation check of vulnerable people in these areas.
5. The Administrator had a detailed discussions with Director, PGIMER and other senior doctors, who gave several recommendations on Covid Management. The Administrator requested all concerned to act upon the recommendations, which were found positive and useful.
6. The Administrator advised Commissioner, Municipal Corporation to ensure that necessary steps are taken for providing adequate clean drinking water to the residents during the ensuing summer season. He also desired that necessary action be taken to prevent outbreak of various water-borne disease.
• Dr. BS Chavan, Director Principal, GMCH stated that in strict implementation of Government of India’s policies, 38 patients have been discharged today after 10 days of hospitalization.
The Administrator directed that these patients be kept in Post-Discharge Care Centre in Sood Dharamshala. He also directed PGIMER authorities to comply with the Government of India’s directions regarding Discharge of Covid Patients.
• Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary (Health) stated that all medical institutions have been advised to strictly follow the Discharge Policy, finalized by Government of India.
• Sh. AK Sinha, Finance Secretary stated that 10 more Shramik trains have been planned for carrying migrant labour and stranded persons from Chandigarh.
• Sh. KK Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation stated that detailed guidelines have been sent to various Market Associations and Sports Complexes regarding keeping the premises sanitized and to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for maintaining social distancing. He also stated that Municipal Corporation has arranged training for housekeeping staff of all offices to keep the office premises duly sanitized and disinfected. The Commissioner further stated that entry and exit points of Wholesale Markets in Sector 26 and Sector 17 will be regulated to ensure that these places do not become a place for infection. Details guidelines are being issued.
• Sh. Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner stated that all residents of Bapu Dham Colony have been provided dry rations. The area is being strictly contained to restrict entry and exit of persons. Beds have been set up in the local schools to provide special care and nourishment to Bapu Dham Colony residents, who are willing to shift there. 74,617 cooked food packets have been distributed among the destitutes and needy persons in various parts of the city. 2,89,000 persons have downloaded Aarogya Setu Applications in UT, Chandigarh.
• Sh. Manoj Parida, Adviser stated that tri-city bus service will start very shortly. As regards inter-state bus service, necessary consent has been sought from the receiving states, so that inter-state bus service could be resumed. He also mentioned that buses will run with 50% capacity and will be sanitized after every trip. There will be volunteers with thermal screening at the bus terminals to screen the passengers before boarding.
• The Hon’ble Administrator appealed to the residents not to misuse the relaxations given and to take proper care and precautions while moving outdoors. He also directed Director General of Police to ensure that the lockdown from 07:00 PM to 07:00 AM is strictly followed.