COVID positivity and Case Fatality Rate (CFR) rates have risen to 7.7 per cent and 2 per cent respectively in Punjab last week. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the Health Department to intensify the vaccination campaign in the state. They have to provide vaccines to 2 lakh patients per day. In addition to this, he has also instructed to check 50 thousand samples daily, in addition to 30 people with close contact with patients.
The government is very serious about the high CFR rate. The Chief Minister said that these deaths are tragic. We could have saved many of these people by timely treatment. He directed Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to conduct a massive public awareness campaign to motivate people to come to hospitals in the initial stages.
Captain also said that there is also a need to improve the quality of health care in hospitals. They will publish the list of approved hospitals with necessary facilities in the public domain.
The CM presided over the weekly COVID review meeting with the health department and medical experts. He said that under the current immunization campaign, about 90 thousand people are being vaccinated every day. Meanwhile, 2 lakh people are required to be vaccinated per day. He said that vaccination is the only way to stop the spread. CM also directed the Health Department to take immediate steps to speed up the vaccination campaign.
Captain demanded vaccination for every category
The Captain again urged the Central Government to relax the age criteria for vaccination of people below 45 years. They are showing double increase in infection rate. He reiterated that the central government should also allow vaccination of students above 18 years, teachers, councilors, sarpanches etc.
PGI is not admitting patients from Punjab
Health Department informed that PGI Chandigarh is refusing to admit patients from Punjab. To this, the Chief Minister said that he would take up the matter with the Prime Minister in a video conferencing meeting on Thursday and would request him to direct the hospital to reserve at least 50 ICU beds for patients referred by the state government.