Steady decline in Corona cases in Haryana due to lockdown

Chandigarh, May 12 (FN Agency) Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said that there is a steady decline in Corona cases due to the lockdown imposed in the state as the number of cases have fallen down from 15786 Covid cases on May 4 to 11637 cases on May 12. The Minister stated this during the Covid review meeting held through video-conferencing under the chairmanship of the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday. Mr Vij said that the lockdown will contain the spread of corona virus. Dr Harsh Vardhan said that states should give priority to administration of the second dose to people above 45 years of age.

The Minister said that the first dose of vaccine has been given to about 37 lakh people in Haryana while the second dose has been given to 8 lakh people. For this, the state needs more doses of vaccine so that the second dose can be administered on time. He said that the state is conducting corona tracing at a fast pace in rural areas and Covid Care Centres are being set up in hot spots. He said that at present 62 per cent urban and 38 per cent rural patients are under treatment in the hospitals of the state, so the information with regard to increased spread of Covid in the villages on social media is wrong. Teams have been constituted to conduct investigation with regard to corona in the villages and have ‘theekri pehra’ have also bee started as a precautionary measure.

Mr Vij said that there is a need to redistribute oxygen presently. Haryana has set up a system of preparing about 280 MT of oxygen in Haryana, so the state should be able to arrange its share of oxygen on its own and other states should be provided oxygen from its neighbours. He said that patients from Delhi and other states are also coming to Haryana and these patients are being treated. For this, additional beds are being arranged in districts and 500 bedded hospitals are being constructed in Panipat and Hisar each. With this, about 2,600 beds are available in the hospitals of Haryana for admitting corona patients.

He said that about one lakh patients are under treatment in Home Isolation in Haryana and doctors visit the homes of these patients once in two days. Along with this, Home Isolation Kit is also being made available to all patients, which includes oximeter, ayurvedic and allopathic medicines, thermometer and other essential 15 items. Besides this, MBBS and PG students have been put on duty in hospitals and the Medical Association of India has also assured about providing services of doctors from Haryana, he informed.