Uttar Pradesh currently has 1,23,579 infected patients!
After COVID numbers registered significant dips in the past few days, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh issued fresh instructions to Team 9 officials, for the orderly management of the pandemic. From the highest count of 3.10 lakh active patients witnessed on April 30, the count has come below the 1.25 lakh mark in a period of 20 days. Further, 14.83 lakh individuals have won their battle against the COVID virus till now, as per the official records. Now, the UP administration aims to further tighten its grip over the contagion through the following 7 measures!
Accelerated testing in rural areas
Recently, the state government had resolved to expand the testing coverage in rural and far-flung regions. A frontrunner in testing tallies across the nation, the state has witnessed mass diagnostic schedules for RAT and the subsequent RT-PCR tests in its rural areas. With these steps, the officials envision curtailing the spread of the contamination by preventing the virus from seeping into its rural regions.
Amplified teleconsultation services
Currently, more than 1 lakh individuals are undergoing home quarantine in the various districts of the state. Keeping this in view, the authorities have been asked to ensure that there are adequate facilities for teleconsultation services. Primarily, the patients can call ICC or CMO helpline number to inquire about their requirements. Besides, the officials are also trying to scale up the distribution of medicine packets through monitoring committees.
Pediatric wards being set up
Alerted by the predictions of a third COVID wave and its anticipated effects on children, the officials have been directed to set up 100 pediatric beds in each medical college across the state. Additionally, specific arrangements for PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit), NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and SNCU (Sick Newborn Care Unit) are also being made. Through targeted interventions, the state attempts to safeguard its children from the deadly contagion.
Focused steps against 'Black Fungus'
The CM has instructed that trained and experienced doctors should look after cases of 'black fungus'. Besides floating orders for appropriate treatment of Mucormycosis patients, the state has also formed an expert committee of 14 health officials to mitigate the possibilities of uncontrolled escalation. They will prepare a strengthened action plan for tackling the infection in the state including the precaution and prevention practices.
Vaccination- the topmost priority!
Additional Chief Secretary Navneet Sehgal informed, "Uttar Pradesh ranks first in providing Covid protection cover to people above 45 years and in the 18-44 age group." While extensive inoculation drives were conducted in the first three phases of immunisation, the state has entered the current phase with equal force. Further, the illiterate, differently-abled, destitute or other needy people are being registered through the facilities at Common Service Centre.
Assuring safe cremation & burial
Recent reports of inappropriate disposal of the dead remains of people have sounded sirens for the state government. Consequently, the administration has asked officials to make sure that the bodies are not disposed of in the rivers and other water bodies. Additionally, the state government has also resolved to provide monetary aid for safe and proper cremation and burial procedures.
Oxygen audit to regulate LMO usage
In a bid to diffuse the unprecedented LMO crisis, an oxygen audit platform was devised by IIT Kanpur to facilitate better management of scarce resources. Within a few days of implementation, the program has led to effective results furthering the prospects of equilibrium between demand and supply. Adding to its efforts, the state government has also provided ventilators and oxygen concentrators to all districts and the officials have been asked to maintain the functionality of all devices.
Despite the above interventions, it is a long time ahead before normalcy and stability are restored in the state. Thereby, it is important to practice caution and ensure strict adherence to all guidelines and protocols. It is important to remember that the state measures will be multiplied manifold if citizens' cooperation couples it.
-With inputs from IANS