Ranchi, April 29
The state government has decided to extend the period of Health Safety Week in Jharkhand till May 6. That is an extension to the last health safety week which is going to end on Thursday. Now, the people of the state will have to strictly follow compulsory norms of Health Safety Week from 6 AM, April 29 to 6 AM May 6.
The aforementioned decision was taken in a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority today, chaired by Chief Minister Hemant Soren. In the second week of Health Safety Week, with the exception of essential and emergency services, the shops will be open only till 2 PM, people will be allowed to make movements only till 3 PM. Given the rising case of COVID19 in the state, the government has decided to extend the Health Safety Week with added restrictions.
The Chief Minister said that, at present, due to the steep rise in Covid 19 cases, there is a shortage of oxygen supported beds in hospitals. Many patients having a mild infection with oxygen level at normal, are still using beds containing oxygen. The Chief Minister asked the Health Department to identify such patients and shift them to the General Ward of the hospital under the constant supervision of a doctor. Those who are in dire need of oxygen supported beds should be provided immediately. To ensure this, all the public and private hospitals should ensure the availability of at least 50 additional general ward beds in all government and private hospitals.
The Chief Minister directed the officials of the Health Department to form a team of specialist doctors, from RIMS and other private hospitals of repute. This team will check the condition of infected patients in Sadar Hospital or other hospitals and will give necessary advice about better medical treatment as per the need. This team shall also determine the need of the patient whether oxygen supported beds are required or patient can be treated in the general ward.
The Chief Minister ordered that appropriate steps should be taken in all districts to provide better medical facilities to the Covid 19 infected patients. He said, “There should be proper arrangements in all the district hospitals. Starting from the availability of oxygen beds, life-saving and other necessary medicines with doctors for monitoring of the infected patients. Relatives and people in close contact should be monitored so that they can be protected from infection and if needed timely treatment can be given to them.”
The Chief Minister asked the officials to take steps to seek cooperation from the industries located in the state to strengthen our fight against this pandemic. Corporates should be requested to strengthen our medical infrastructure, necessary medical resources, including Covid Dedicated Hospital so that the Covid-19 infected patients in the state need not have to face problems. Co-operation from the corporate houses will also help us in preventing the Covid-19 infection.
Notably, detailed guidelines regarding Health Safety Week will be issued by the Department of Disaster Management.