Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Sunday launched what he described as “Covid Fateh” drive to deal with the unfold of coronavirus in rural areas of the state.
Mr Singh launched the “Corona-Mukt Pind Abhiyaan” (corona-free village drive), asserting that there was an pressing must “avoid the kind of situation, prevailing in Uttar Pradesh villages”.
The Punjab CM referred to the alleged unfold of an infection in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh amid his ongoing spat along with his UP counterpart Yogi Adityanath over the making of the state’s solely Muslim-majority city in Sangrur district a separate district in Punjab.
We must examine the unfold of #Covid19 in our villages if we’re to defeat this pandemic. Hence I’ve directed Health Dept to start out ‘Corona Mukt Pind Abhiyaan’ to advertise consciousness & testing amongst folks with our PHCs and Health & Wellness Clinics being fulcrum of our effort. pic.twitter.com/VHyQvzECDW
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 16, 2021
It had drawn a pointy response from Mr Adityanath who described the choice as “divisive and communal”.
Dubbing Covid-Fateh as a “war that needed the involvement of all sections of the community”, the Punjab CM requested the Health and Rural Development departments of the state to spearhead the marketing campaign with large-scale mobilisation of village folks.
The whole workers needs to be utilised to unfold consciousness amongst villagers towards the hazards of Covid-19, he mentioned.
The well being and wellness clinics ought to turn into the fulcrum, the CM mentioned, including that neighborhood well being officers, panchayats, faculty lecturers, Anganwadi and ASHA employees, village cops and youth volunteers have to be mobilised on a big scale to steer the programme.
The Guardians of Governance, comprising ex-servicemen engaged to observe enforcement of presidency schemes, and the police pressure ought to work intently to make this programme successful, the CM mentioned.
The thought is to not simply unfold consciousness and dispel myths however to make sure that sufficient sampling and vaccination are being carried out in rural areas, he mentioned.
Terming the “casual attitude of the people towards symptoms like cold and cough, which they do not report in time, as the biggest issue”, Amarinder Singh referred to as for early identification of contaminated folks and to make sure their early remedy.
Symptomatic individuals needs to be given fundamental medicines like paracetamol, cough syrups and vitamin C tablets at their doorsteps, he mentioned.
They needs to be inspired to get examined and supported in dwelling isolation in the event that they check optimistic, the chief minister mentioned.
He directed the Health Department to offer extra Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits completely for testing in rural areas.
The Department also needs to think about opening Covid Care Centers (L1) the place ever required, with the help of NGOs, he mentioned.