COVID 19 WAR ROOM DIRECTIONS
Chandigarh, 15th July, 2020: 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.Dr. Jagat Ram, Director, PGIMER stated that out of 619 covid samples received from Punjab, Chandigarh and Leh, 37 were found positive. Dr. BS Chavan, Director Principal, GMCH stated that out of 100 covid samples tested, only 06 were found positive. He also stated that the new hospital in Sector 48, Chandigarh has been commissioned on a pilot basis by shifting a few patients there. Dr. G. Dewan, Director Health Services stated that the second round of door-to-door screening is continuing with a focus on Manimajra. In Manimajra, the Surveillance Team has screened 8,516 houses with 32,106 people and found 10 suspect cases, which have been sent for testing.
2.Dr. Srinivasan, Sub Regional Team Leader, who is Local Coordinator of WHO for Northern States also joined the meeting through VC. He complimented Chandigarh Administration for several best practices; such as extensive screening of entire population, quality contact tracing in a record time and involvement of community in containing infection. Dr. Srinivasan specifically complimented the Administrator for total success in containment in Bapu Dham Colony, almost in textbook style through strict perimeter control. He cited it a great success for health, police and revenue officials working within Bapu Dham round the clock, risking their own lives. He appreciated use of IEC material for effective communication with the population, particularly children. He complimented involving NGOs, local councilors, social defence volunteers etc. in making containment strategy in Bapu Dham Colony a success. Dr. Srinivasan also recommended protection of vulnerable persons; such as senior citizens and co-morbidities cases. He also suggested that visitors from outside should be tracked and the persons sensitized thoroughly, so that they come out for self reporting of their symptoms, if any.
3.The Administrator advised Director, PGIMER to collect samples of OPD and emergency patients, visiting PGIMER and conduct random testing as has been suggested by some doctors of PGIMER.
4.The Administrator also ordered for a complete ban on physical press conferences, where there is a risk of infection due to large gatherings. He also appealed to all political parties not to hold any gathering or function, which violates Ministry of Home Affairs’ guidelines, that permits only events like wedding and cremation as exceptional cases. Senior Superintendent of Police has been directed to lodge FIRs in case of illegal gathering of any kind in the city.
The Administrator ordered immediate testing of 58 persons detected through Aarogya Setu Applications and also home confinement and self-monitoring by 131 persons.
5.Sh. KK Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation stated that they have increased strict screening and hygienic practices in both Mandis i.e. Sector 17 and 26.
The Administrator directed him to take precautionary measures against outbreak of any monsoon related diseases. He also ordered regular sanitization in congested areas and markets.
6.Hon’ble Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT congratulated Education Department for the excellent results achieved by government schools. He particularly thanked the teachers for great efforts in motivating the students and bringing laurels to the City Beautiful.
7.The Administrator decided that there should be more vigorous screening, testing and stricter implementation of orders regarding social distancing and wearing of masks. He stressed that weekly curfew or short period lockdown is still under consideration of the Administration.