A meeting of Madhya Pradesh’s just-expanded ministerial Council, conducted at Mantralaya on Thursday under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s chairmanship, witnessed the veteran leader heartily felicitating his team and expecting them to effectuate diligent endeavours in the state’s interest.
“Work in coordination with and as per suggestions of lawmakers plus other representatives for ensuring welfare of the populace. The economy – adversely affected owing to the COVID-19 pandemic – will recover gradually and it shall not take rather long to transform Madhya Pradesh,” the senior politician was officially quoted as saying.
Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains furnished comprehensive inputs regarding vital decisions taken by the dispensation over the past three months and Additional CS (Health) Mohammed Suleman made a presentation vis-à-vis efforts made for reining in the pathogen.
In Mr Chouhan’s words, “We have to joyously toil – for the betterment of our seven-and-a-half crore citizens – with unalloyed ability, concentration and diligence in order to fulfil a supreme responsibility towards the commoner while establishing transparency and credibility. Leave no stone unturned to keep the people healthy and labour with a sense of affection, courtesy, friendship plus cooperation. The Cabinet will meet every Tuesday.”
Measures to control the contagion have been successful. Patients are receiving free-of-charge care at government infirmaries and contracted private ones. The four-stage ‘battle plan’ is IITT – identification, isolation, enhancing testing and treatment. The ‘Kill Corona’ campaign commenced on Wednesday and involves a dwelling-to-dwelling survey. The Chief Minister urged his colleagues to participate in this crusade and involve themselves in awareness generation. The usefulness of Ayurvedic kadha has been proven beyond every shred of reasonable doubt.
“All steps are being taken to check spread of the malady within Morena District. The virus growth rate in Madhya Pradesh is lower than in other states. Compared with India’s average increase of 3.63, we are at 1.48. In terms of recovery, Madhya Pradesh is second in the country, with 75 per cent. Reports of fresh instances are still received and action taken forthwith. We ranked fourth in the ‘red list’ in terms of infection three-and-a-half months back but are now at 13th. Citizens extended support while adhering to social distancing, use of masks and precautions such as refraining from spitting,” the Chief Minister observed.
A per-day capacity of 9,800 novel coronavirus tests has been developed, 78 laboratories are operational, average fatality rate was brought down from 11 to less than 2 per cent. Only 17 per cent of normal beds, oxygen facility-equipped ones and Intensive Care Unit beds are being required. The Sarthak App provides information to sufferers and helps in treatment even as 852 fever clinics are functioning.
Mr Chouhan supervised the work of corona control through videoconferencing and meetings totalling almost 275 hours. The Chief Minister’s COVID Warrior Welfare Scheme has been implemented and benefitted families of 20 such gallant fighters.