Meeting held of Standing Committee of Administrators Advisory Council for Health Department
Chandigarh, 4th July 2020: A meeting of Standing Committee of Administrators Advisory Council for Health Department, Chandigarh Administration under the Chairmanship of Sh. Harmohan Dhawan, Ex. MP was held today at the Conference Room, DH&FW Office, Govt. Multi Speciality Hospital, Sector-16, Chandigarh.
Dr. G.Dewan, Director Health & Family Welfare, Chandigarh Administration Member Secretary and Mr. Vineet Joshi, Mr. Ajay Dutta, Dr. Jyostna Wig, Dr. Arun Aggarwal and Dr. Rajesh Dhir Members of Administrators Advisory Council for Health alongwith Dr. V.K.Nagpal, Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16, Dr. Parmjit Singh Dy. Medical Superintendent, GMSH-16 and Dr. Sangeeta Ajay, Nodal Officer-NHM discussed the important issues regarding health in the present scenario.
The review of COVID-19 Pandemic in U.T. Chandigarh and the strategies adopted to tackle the situation was undertaken and the committee found that the steps taken by Chandigarh Administration in management of COVID-19 were exemplary in keeping the city safe. The outstanding recovery rate of 86.44% of Chandigarh for COVID-19 was appreciated and it was advised that no complacency should set in having achieved this and the work should continue with same zeal and dedication. Director Health & Family Welfare mentioned that this was a collective achievement wherein PGIMER, GMCH-32 and GMSH-16 worked in co-ordination to give the adequate health services required by way of screening, sampling, testing, isolation and maintenance of Specialist services. The availability of all logistics for the staff and ground functionaries was also apprised which also proved to beneficial for all to carry out their duties with adequate protection.
The functioning of Flu Clinics at various health facilities was discussed and it was mentioned that these Flu Clinics turned out to be backbone of this strategy. The testing of all Pregnant women reporting to the hospital for delivery was appreciated by the committee. The network of Rapid Response Teams (RRT) in the city providing door to door shifting facility to the residents on a single call was shared alongwith the counseling services being provided to the Suspects placed in the Isolation Ward and also to the residents in the containment areas/affected zones.
Distribution of Homoepathic medicine – Arsenicum Album 30 to the residents at Bapu Dham Colony placed under containment under the supervision of Sub Divisional Magistrate of the area was also apprised and it was suggested that Health Department should further explore any other such AYUSH remedy which can be beneficial to the public at large.
The Chairman expressed that the IEC regarding precautions to be taken now due to opening of lockdown should be increased in order to make people aware regarding their social responsibility in containment of transmission.
The preparations for the approaching season of Malaria & Dengue were also discussed wherein the Committee was apprised that IDSP Cell has geared up its strategical approach. The activity of Fogging has been initiated alongwith checking of points for stagnant water which are breeding grounds with special emphasis on vulnerable areas like Urban Slums, Colonies and congested residential complexes. Door to door inspections are being carried out by the Sanitary Beldars for checking of overhead water tanks, reservoirs and distributing pamphlets regarding the precautions to be taken for prevention of CVOID-19, Malaria & Dengue.
The Committee recommended that the intensity of public awareness be enhanced to take the precautions by pouring a few ml of oil in the points with stagnant water to avoid larva breeding which will help in containing the incidence of Malaria and Dengue in the coming season.