Media should come forward to support in busting myths and fears around COVID-19 disease: Baghel
Chief Minister talked about the role of press and media in this era of global pandemic
State’s health facilities have been expanded manifold
Action plan ready to provide COVID vaccination to people of age group 18 to 44 years in Chhattisgarh
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had an interaction with the media heads of the capital city
Raipur, April 28
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel held an interaction with media heads of the capital city via video conferencing and took their suggestions on the current situation on April 27.
He said that there will be no shortage of funds to defeat Corona in Chhattisgarh. This COVID crisis would be soon overcome with the cooperation of everyone in the state. To win this battle against COVID-19, we need support and contribution from every section of society, especially from the press and media. He said that the role of press and media is very important in this time of pandemic.
Chief Minister Baghel said that soon after coming into power, we took every possible initiative to expand the health facilities in the state. At present, every necessary resource is being arranged promptly, while keeping a constant watch on the current status of corona infection in the state. As a result, Chhattisgarh has enough number of ICU beds, HDU beds and oxygen beds at present.
He informed that there were 279 beds in the state in the year 2018, which has been increased to 729 at present. Oxygen beds have been increased from 1242 to 7042. Earlier there was not even a single HDU bed in Chhattisgarh, but now the state has 477 HDU beds. There were 15001 general beds in the hospitals of the state, which has been increased to 29667. There were 204 ventilators in the state at the end of 2018, which has been increased to 593. In this way, the state’s health facilities have increased manifold.
Chief Minister Baghel said that presently, all the necessary arrangements are being made for prevention and control of COVID-19 infection. In the same sequence, COVID medicine kits are being made available in every household of the rural areas, which has helped in preventing the infection to a great extent. He said that so far 6 lakh 39 thousand 696 people were found COVID positive in the state, out of which 5 lakh 9 thousand 622 people have already recovered. At present, there are one lakh 22 thousand 963 active COVID cases in the state. The active patient ratio is nearly 19.22 percent, while the recovery rate is 79.67 percent.
Chief Minister Baghel also informed that Chhattisgarh has left behind many developed and resource-rich states in the country, in terms of COVID vaccination. More than 53 lakh doses of the vaccine have been given in the state and we rank second in the country in this case. We are going to create a new history in Chhattisgarh from May 1, by providing free COVID vaccination to all the people of age group 18 to 44 years and a comprehensive action plan has been prepared for the same. Chhattisgarh Government has ordered 50 lakh doses i.e. 25 lakh doses each from the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech.
Chief Minister Baghel said that we have resolved not to allow shortage of funds in this battle against Corona. In these two years, Chhattisgarh Government has made provision of Rs 880 crore in the health budget, and a provision of Rs 50 crore in the SDRF this year. People of the state have extended generous contribution in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, which is an indication of the unwavering trust of the people on the government. From this fund, we have so far released Rs 73 crore 53 lakh to the districts for the fight against COVID-19. In this way, Rs 1003 crore 53 lakh have been spent so far in the health sector. We also have Rs 53 crore 88 lakh in the Chief Minister’s Assistance Fund, which will also be utilized for COVID prevention and control.
Chief Minister Baghel said that the press and media are the front line workers of democracy. Even today, in the midst of the COVID crisis, they are sincerely committed to their duties and responsibilities, which is commendable.
He said that many confusing news regarding death, funeral, drugs, oxygen etc. in the context of COVID infection has been going viral, which has had negative effects on the public. In this situation, Media can play an extremely important role in busting myths and fears regarding COVID infection. He appealed the media heads to clear the confusion and fear in minds of people and to boost the morale of the patients.
He also said that the list of all journalists in the state should be updated in the local public relations office, so that if a journalist is found COVID positive, he can be provided financial assistance and help required. Secretary, Public Relations DD Singh and Secretary to the Chief Minister Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, Advisors to the Chief Minister Rajesh Tiwari and Ruchir Garg were also present on the occasion.