Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today ordered to increase the number of COVID-19 tests to at least 60,000 per day.
His statement comes amid estimates that cases will double in about 64 days at the current growth rate.
Currently, the COVID tests are in the range of 45,000 to 49,000 per day.
Reviewing the state’s preparedness for an imminent third wave, Amarinder Singh directed the health department to conduct priority sentinel testing for patients in government and private hospitals, travelers at entry points, government offices, industries and labor colonies etc. .
Based on this, the districts should prepare a strategy for micro containment zones, he said in a statement.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated children’s COVID wards as well as PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen plants at Ludhiana and Faridkot.
The Covid Pediatric Ward at Civil Hospital, Ludhiana has five Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) and eight Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MISC) beds.
He announced that the government would increase the PICU and level 2 pediatric bed capacity to 1,104 pediatric beds in all 23 districts and four government medical colleges and hospitals.
He said that a total of 76 PSAs are being installed in the state with the oxygen generation capacity of 48,832 liters per minute.
With the setting up of these plants, the state’s dependence on oxygen supply from outside Punjab will be reduced to a great extent, he said, adding that preparations were on to increase the oxygen capacity to 560 MT.
This includes 50 metric tonnes of oxygen for non-COVID emergencies, he said.
At the peak of the second wave, Punjab was using 308 metric tonnes of oxygen.
The Chief Minister also asked the concerned departments to ramp up the health infrastructure and medical supplies to deal with the third wave of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister asked the Health Department to be ready for full utilization of the additional vaccine supplies, which he was personally assured by the Union Health Minister.
The state was assured a 25 per cent increase in the supply of vaccines.
He said that more than half of the eligible population of the state has already received a single dose of the vaccine, with the entire available stock being utilized without any wastage.
Incidentally, the first dose of the COVID vaccine has been given to around 82 lakh people (40 per cent of the state’s eligible population) and the second dose to around 24 lakh people (11 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries), the CM said. Capacity to vaccinate eight lakh people per day.
According to a study to monitor COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness by Dr Rajesh Kumar, former head of the School of Public Health, PGI, it has been found that the vaccine reduces positivity by 95 per cent, hospitalization by 96 per cent. has been effective. In the meeting, information about 98 percent more deaths was given.
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