Vaccinate everyone above 45 years in Punjab by end of April: Chief

Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Saturday directed the health department to vaccinate all individuals above 45 years of age within this month focused on containing the further spread of the second wave of COVID-19 in the state. She directed the administrative secretary in-charge of each district to oversee the preparation and response system.Chairing a conference to examine the COVID vaccination and management in the state here, the chief secretary directed all deputy commissioners, cops commissioners and district authorities chiefs to concentrate on lowering the death rate and make efforts to increase the contact tracing, testing along with to boost the vaccination drive exponentially to take Punjab out of today vital circumstance.

Mahajan worried that the COVID norms should be strictly enforced to contain the variety of cases, which increased tremendously in the past week in Punjab, according to a main statement.

She revealed issue on the reports that most of people were still not using masks at social, political and religious gatherings, which could turn the COVID circumstance more dreadful in the state.Mahajan was notified that roughly 10 lakh individuals have actually been inoculated so far and the state’s plans were to immunize 32 lakh citizens in the coming two weeks.She advised the state equipment to increase screening capacity to 60,000 tests daily so that the COVID situation could be brought under control.Mahajan directed the district administrations to collect samples of COVID-19 impacted clients at the earliest and provide results as soon as possible so that the favorable patients need to make themselves quarantined immediately.She preferred that the medical professionals and health workers must visit the clients in seclusion and appropriate assistance need to be offered to the patients whether there was a need for any medication and additional investigations.The chief secretary asked all the district administrations to rope in non-governmental organisations and other civil society groups for inspiring the people to take the jab with no hesitancy.Principal Secretary, Health and Household Well-being, Hussan Lal, said the physicians were directed to submit the sample and vaccination information on the COVID website on a real-time basis and the messages need to be sent to the beneficiaries so that they might reach the vaccination websites in time.He revealed the six pillars– containment and monitoring, testing, treatment, vaccination, citizen communication and info management to win the fight versus COVID-19. He revealed that around 80 percent of COVID cases in Punjab in the second wave have actually been discovered contaminated with the UK pressure.

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