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Covid test-&-quarantine campaign to kickstart in rural UP

LUCKNOW: Amidst a pandemic surge in the rural heartland, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday directed the launch of an exhaustive Covid testing campaign in all 97,000 revenue villages of the state between May 4 and 8. At a crucial review meet with his core Covid management team, the chief minister ordered immediate suspension of inter-state bus services to break the infection chain and made negative RTPCR reports mandatory for flyers at airports.
The move to launch a Covid testing drive in rural areas comes in the backdrop of four-phase panchayat elections and reverse migration into the state since April, when the second pandemic wave picked up pace.
The chief minister directed the state health department to draft a formal blueprint before launching the campaign that seeks to track Covid positive people, get them quarantined and provide requisite medical facilities. For this, he said, the state health department should take help of district monitoring committees in which lekhpals should be roped in. He said, migrants reaching rural areas, especially by trains and buses, should undergo tests and be quarantined if found test positive.
The CM also ordered immediate scrapping of inter-state services of UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) buses. Also, flyers would have to produce a negative Covid report at airports, he said. Yogi said, special teams modelled around Team-9 should be in place in districts. “District officials will be made responsible for monitoring the Covid situation at the micro level and they should coordinate with public representatives for effective implementation of pandemic protocols,” he said.
Yogi also said, district magistrates and CMOs will be required to provide data on use of lifesaving Remdesivir injections. “The Centre has made a daily allocation of 50,000 vials of Remdesivir to the state. He directed health minister Jai Pratap Singh to keep vigil on supply and demand of the injection and ensure transparency. He cautioned the minister and officials against black-marketing of the drug.
The chief minister maintained his government was taking every possible step to address the oxygen demand. On Sunday, another Oxygen Express was scheduled to reach Bareilly. The state has been receiving oxygen from Jamnagar, Durgapur, Barjora, Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Kashipur, Modinagar and Roorkee.
He said, the state government was receiving information of ventilators lying idle in the absence of adequate manpower. Yogi asked the health department to immediately provide technicians and other staff in such hospitals. He also reiterated that doubling of beds in Covid care hospitals be expedited. He specified that in hospitals like RML and KGMU, number of beds be increased by 100 and 150 respectively. This comes close on heels of the setting up a Covid hospitals by DRDO.

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