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Roshan Jacob: Kerala-born IAS officer was at the forefront of pandemic management in Lucknow

On April 17, Kerala-born IAS officer Roshan Jacob took over the administrative duties as Lucknow's District Magistrate and Special Officer incharge of COVID management (Lucknow), at a time when the city was suffocating under the bloating second COVID wave. Collectively, 2,37,858 individuals have been affected by the virus in Lucknow and the major proportion of these infections, were witnessed during the months of April and May.

The city was reeling under a major COVID crisis, when this IAS officer had undertaken the arduous task of ridding the city of the pandemic's stranglehold. Now, Jacob's assiduous efforts have reaped a hefty chunk of respite from infections in the city.

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Lucknow administration ties up with Flipkart to provide free medkits to home-isolated COVID patients

The Lucknow district administration has joined hands with the e-commerce platform, Flipkart, to provide free medicine kits to all COVID patients in home isolation. This step is streamlined with the state's agenda of providing the aforementioned facility across Uttar Pradesh. Besides this, the Chief Minister's helpline and integrated command centres have been directed to maintain regular dialogue and teleconsultation with these patients to prevent unnecessary hospitalisation.

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DM offices in Lucknow and other UP districts to go online on WhatsApp

The Uttar Pradesh State Cabinet has decided to increase the efficiency of the district administration, facilitating a simpler way to reach out to the Magistrate Office via the WhatsApp mobile number. To execute this, the state's Chief Minister office has directed all the DMs to go online on WhatsApp.

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DM Lucknow designates Nodal Officer to carry out last rites protocols of COVID patients

In an order issued by the District Magistrate on July 28, the last rites of all coronavirus positive patients in the city's Covid centres have to be conducted with promptness. According to this new order, all fatalities in Lucknow's various L1, L2 and L3 Covid care facilities due to treatment or any other reason will have to registered and the last rites of these patients need to be carried out immediately. This directive has been issued with respect to the Covid-19 protocol and mandate in the city. The DM has also designated a Nodal Officer to supervise the execution of this protocol without any laxity.

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