Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday directed the officers to provide all protective equipments to the doctors, paramedical staff, police personnel and other staff dealing with the persons arriving in the State by trains from various parts of the country.
Presiding over a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendent of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla,he said better facilities must be provided in quarantine centres so that people staying there do not face any inconvenience.
He said that aged people and chronic patients should be provided all the required health care facilities and if required they should be shifted to health institutions, adding that proper facilities such as separate wash room facilities must be ensured in these institutions.
Thakur said over 1.30 lakh Himachalis stranded in various parts of the country have reached the State from 25th April till now. He said that about 81000 have been kept under home quarantine and over 6500 have been kept under institutional quarantine. He said the remaining have completed their quarantine period, adding that people of the State need not to worry about the arrival of the Himachalis stranded in various parts of the country as the State Government was ensuring that nobody would be allowed to go home without proper check up and medical test.
The Chief Minister also directed the Deputy Commissioners to create additional facilities for institutional quarantine in their respective districts keeping in view large number of people still expected to reach the State in coming days. He said that the State Government had also made elaborate arrangements of PPE kits and other materials for safety of the corona warriors. He said that since all the people coming from other parts of the country would have to be kept in institutional quarantine till they are not tested for COVID and this would be additional burden on the quarantine centers.
Thakur said complete data should also be compiled of Himachalis visiting from other parts of the country.