Punjab extends restrictions in the state till June 10 as there has been a drop in covid cases. However, that the limit on the number of passengers in personal vehicles would be abolished.
In light of the improvment of general Covid situation, the chief minister has also directs the resumption of elective surgeries. It will be in both government and private hospitals. As well as the restoration of OPD operations at all GMCHs in the state.
Elective surgeries had been suspended since April 12 to ensure sufficient beds and oxygen for serious Covid cases. However, the chief minister has now allowed them to resume. As subject to the condition that no beds for L3 patients in the hospital be reduced for the time being.
OP Soni, the Minister of Medical Education, states that three GMCs starts 50% OPD operations. This will increase up to 100% in the near future.
On the subject of restrictions, the chief minister states that, based on expert advice, they decides to maintain the restrictions.
While there have been elimination of ban on personal cars and two-wheelers. Because they are mostly family and close friends utilises them. He underlines that the ban on commercial passenger vehicles and taxis will remain in place for the time being.
He said that the DCs will continue to have the authority to make adjustments in the opening of non-essential stores. These will be the ones that are warranted by local situations.
Despite improvement in the situation, the CM urges the health and medical education agencies to continue developing. The development of the Covid cases care infrastructure and facilities in preparation for a possible third wave of the pandemic.
He also requests that they invest in improving child care. Moreover, they seek 500 paediatric ventilators from the Indian government.
The meeting has information that all 809 ventilators obtained through the PM Cares Fund had been distributed. With 136 of them being defective.
To fulfil the demands of a third wave, the CM authorises the creation of extra technical and professional positions.
Dr. Raj Bahadur told the group that the process of recruiting doctors and nurses is virtually complete. And that the process of procuring equipment for the temporary hospitals starts.
The CM directs that all mid-level IAS/PCS transfers in all departments to be on hold until the Covid problem gets solution. The restrictions cannot be the permanent solution.
The chief minister, who took serious notice of some private hospitals’ overcharging, emphasis that profiteering and fleecing of patients during such a crisis would not be tolerated at any cost.
He ordered the health and medical education departments to make sure that hospitals have large (11’x5′) rate boards posted at the entrance.
Capt Amarinder authorised close and constant surveillance of high-risk individuals and pregnant women in home isolation after reviewing the Covid issue with senior health specialists and officials, as well as police and administrative authorities. It has been a preventive measure due to rise in covid cases in the state.
Given the state’s present comfortable oxygen status, the chief minister further directs that oxygen may henceforth utilise for important non-medical reasons, with a three-day medical oxygen buffer stock to be there at all times.
He has been glad to see that oxygen concentrator banks were now available in every district for patients who completes Covid care and has a doctor’s prescription. He claimed the control room had verified that no hospital had a lack of oxygen, and that demand in the state had dropped from 304 MT to 236 MT in the last 10 days.
Hence, the restrictions have extension till June 10 under preventive measures along with some relaxations.