Special precautions to be taken against Covid in Bhopal, Indore


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal-With Corona cases surfacing once again, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a review meeting with ministers and senior officers. Chouhan directed to take preventive measures against Corona, especially in districts adjoining Maharashtra. He expressed concern over the possibility that the infection could be spread to the border districts of the state due to influx of people from the neighboring state. He directed to ensure the use of face masks, sanitizers and impose check on organizing fairs and other events.

Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Prabhuram Chaudhary, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Public Health and Family Welfare Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Manish Rastogi, Principal Secretary Urban Administration Nitesh Vyas and Commissioner Public Relations Dr. Sudam Khade were present in the meeting.

Number of programmes  should be limited

It was informed in the meeting that normally, more than one lakh devotees gather on the Mahashivratri festival in Ujjain, whose estimated number will be 20 to 25 thousand this year. Instructions have been given at other places also to limit the number of people in religious events and not to organize events on a large scale.

Concern for border districts

Chief Minister Chouhan sought information about some of the cases of Corona which surfaced this week in Chhindwara and Betul districts and gave instructions to the concerned collector through video conference to take necessary precautions.

Chief Minister Chouhan also held discussion with senior administrative officials authorized for various districts and divisions and sought information. Principal Secretary Faiz Ahmed Kidwai gave information about Bhopal, Principal Secretary Sanjay Shukla about Ujjain and Additional Chief Secretary Home Dr. Rajesh Rajaura gave information about Corona cases that have surfaced in various border districts and also informed about te preventive measures being taken.
Roko-Toko Abhiyan must continue
Chief Minister Chouhan said that 90 and 156 cases have been reported today in Bhopal and Indore respectively. In view of this, all precautions should be taken. Along with this, it is necessary to take precautions in other cities as well. The citizens themselves should be alert and the Roko-Toko campaign must be continued by the administration as well. This awareness will check the spread of the disease and the situation that is gradually normalizing after being exposed to the virus in the last 11 months, will be maintained.
CM seeks information about vaccination work
On this occasion, Chief Minister Chouhan also sought detailed information about the vaccination work. Additional Chief Secretary Suleman said that the vaccine is being administered free of cost in government hospitals. In the priority groups, the prescribed category is being vaccinated first. Apart from this, vaccination is being done in private hospitals also on a minimal charge. The state is expected to acquire one crore 60 lakh vaccines in the month of March. Accordingly, the vaccine will be administered to the citizens according to the priority groups and fixed criteria.

Current status of Corona

It was told in the review meeting held today that 13 thousand 123 cases have recovered in the country and 293 in Madhya Pradesh. While there are 1768 active cases in India and 124 in Madhya Pradesh. Most of the oxygen and ICU beds are vacant in hospitals. Among patients who have been found positive, about two-thirds are being treated at home. The number of patients admitted has steadily decreased. The recovery rate in Madhya Pradesh is 97.4, which is higher than the national percentage of 97.1. As many as 68 lakh 305 tests are being conducted per 10 lakh in the state. Some cases have also come up in the border districts of Madhya Pradesh. Among them, 14 cases each have been found in Betul and Chhindwara today. Eight cases have been found in Burhanpur, 4 cases in Jhabua and 3 each in Barwani and Khandwa.

Madhya Pradesh is ahead in vaccination

It was informed at the meeting that the vaccination is being administered as per the scheduled programme for protection against Corona in Madhya Pradesh. The first dose has been given to 3 lakh 56 thousand 812 health workers in the state. Similarly, the second dose has been given to one lakh 94 thousand 921 workers. First dose has been given to 2 lakh 99 thousand 965 frontline workers of the state. Around 3 thousand 696 persons suffering from various diseases in the 45 to 59 age group have been vaccinated, while 38 thousand 270 citizens above 60 years of priority age group have been vaccinated.