Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister, in his appeal to people in district has stated that the way COVID-19 cases are increasing in city, the situation is becoming worrisome as these are indications of community transmission and now citizens needs to take more precautions to keep virus at bay. Minister said that they are bound to be spike in numbers as testing has increased in city. This is the time now for people to take utmost care and follow on all the directives of State Government as they are in everyone’s interest.
Government machinery is already concentrating on survey of populace and increasing the testing so that preventive action can be initiated. Yet the ever increasing positive cases is adding to burden at COVID care facilities and next three months are now most crucial and beds in intensive care units (ICUs) need not fall short for which citizens has to co-operate with local bodies.
The Minister, however, assured that there is enough trained manpower with Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Indira Gandhi Medical College and Mayo Hospital, and others hospital to treat the COVID-19 positive patients. Similarly, it should be kept in mind these doctors, para medics and other staff at these hospitals is on their toes since last four months. So it is but natural more medical manpower would be required as those currently on duty too need rest as they are exhausted. Dr Raut also hinted that State Government might look to recruiting more manpower like Doctors, paramedics and others from outside the State and Collectors have been issued instructions to formulate their strategies in preventing spread of virus in the community.He also emphasised on convergence of information about COVID-19 patients from rural parts and that of city so that same can be available at click of button in digital format. There should be emphasis on continuous awareness campaign and visiting Temples, Gurudwara, Church, Mosques and reaching out to citizens through various mass media.