Eknath Shinde conducts review meeting to understand COVID-19 crisis management

Minister Shinde has asked the administration to take all necessary measures and keep the coronavirus morbidity rate below 5 per cent. Furthermore, he informed that care should be taken to ensure that patients under home quarantine follow the rules.

Eknath Shinde conducts review meeting to understand COVID-19 crisis management

Following a recently held discussion, Maharashtra State Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde has directed that the administration should take all necessary measures to keep the coronavirus outbreak rate below 5 percent. He added that care should be taken to ensure that the patients under home quarantine follow the rules and stay at home. If necessary, the president and secretary of the concerned society should be given temporary powers as special officers, he suggested.

The meeting was held via video conferencing in the presence of Divisional Commissioners, Collectors, Municipal Commissioners of Konkan, Pune and Nagpur divisions, Municipal Council, Nagar Panchayat Chiefs among others, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Mahesh Pathak, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department was also present for the same. 

While the number of coronavirus patients is increasing at this time, the demand for Remdesivir is also increasing across the state, and to ensure availability, Minister Shinde directed the administrations and related officials to make sure the drug is not sold in the black market. He added that care needs to be taken to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is contained.

As per his directive, officials have been asked to take strict measures such as stamping on the hands of the patients in home quarantine, posting stickers on their houses, putting up banners in the area, making sure that no outsider enters the containment zone, contacting the patients regularly and setting up a call center for more information.

He informed that efforts should be made to reduce mortality from the infection for which separate wards for symptomatic patients should be set up and support should be offered of female patients at Coronavirus treatment centers for their safety.

Senior officials have been directed to visit the same to check the quality of treatment, electric appliances, supply, etc. to ensure that there is no short circuit. In order to provide regular supply of blood, donation camps should be organized by contacting various NGOs and officials. Various suggestions such as regulating the crowd, conducting special campaigns for wearing masks, filling up vacancies, etc. were discussed.

Furthermore, Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats which need funds have been asked to send proposals, which will be checked and sanctioned in consultation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar from confirmed Minister Shinde.

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