Punjab

MP DR AMAR SINGH ISSUES RS 73 LAKH TO CIVIL SURGEONS OF LUDHIANA & SRI FATEHGARH SAHIB

March 31, 2020 09:00 PM

VENTILATOR, AMBULANCE & OTHER NECESSARY EQUIPMENTS SHOULD BE BOUGHT IMMEDIATELY


Ludhiana (Akhilesh Bansal)

In view of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19), the Civil Surgeons of Ludhiana and Sri Fatehgarh Sahib districts had sent request letters to Fatehgarh Sahib MP Dr Amar Singh for the purchase of some important medical equipment, that was approved immediately and the MP has written letters to the Deputy Commissioners to allocate funds amounting to Rs 72,98,500.

Dr Amar Singh informed that to tackle the spread of COVID 19, Civil Surgeon Ludhiana had demanded Rs 34,98,500 whereas Civil Surgeon Fatehgarh Sahib had demanded Rs 38 lakh. He informed that these funds would be spent for purchasing ventilators, ambulances, infrared thermometers, PPE Kits, three ply masks, latex gloves, sanitisers, portable X Ray machines, oxygen cylinders including regulator, wheel chairs, stretchers, pulse oximeters, Ambu bags, multi para monitors, besides other equipments.

While providing information, Dr Amar Singh informed that to tackle the spread of COVID 19, Civil Surgeon Ludhiana had demanded Rs 34,98,500 whereas Civil Surgeon Fatehgarh Sahib had demanded Rs 38 lakh. He informed that these funds would be spent for purchasing ventilators, ambulances, infrared thermometers, PPE Kits, three ply masks, latex gloves, sanitisers, portable X Ray machines, oxygen cylinders including regulator, wheel chairs, stretchers, pulse oximeters, Ambu bags, multi para monitors, besides other equipments.

It is pertinent to mention that Fatehgarh Sahib MP Dr Amar Singh have already authorised the Deputy Commissioners of Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur to use his MPLAD funds for their efforts to check the spread of Novel Coronavirus in their respective districts. Following this initiative, the Civil Surgeons had requested the MP to allocate these funds for the purchase of several equipments.

“ZOMATO” & “SWIGGY” PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE IN DELIVERING ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES AMONGST RESIDENTS: In view of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19), there is complete lockdown in the district. The District Administration is ensuring that all essential commodities are supplied to the residents on time. The work related to delivery of essential commodities is not only done with the help of NGOs as well social/religious/industrial organisations, but online platforms “Zomato” and “Swiggy” are also playing an important role in this regard.

Mr Harpreet Singh, a representative of Swiggy informed that their company alone has delivered 4434 online orders between March 26-30, 2020. He informed that to ensure that all essential commodities are supplied to the residents, a workforce of 220 delivery executives is on roads. He said that if demand increases, they can depute more than 600 such delivery executives on city roads. He further informed that their executives are mainly delivering groceries, milk, fruits and vegetables to the residents. He said that to avail facility provided by their company, residents can place their orders by downloading their mobile apps.

Similarly, even “Zomato” is playing its role in this regard as they are also delivering essential commodities to the residents. Their representative said that each order is delivered to the residents with minimum delivery charges. He said that all guidelines and directions of the Punjab government are complied with while delivering all the orders so that the spread of COVID 19 can be checked.Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said that even District Administration is making sincere efforts to deliver all essential commodities to the residents, but both these online platforms can be used for delivery of items as well.

SPECIAL COVID HELPLINE NUMBER 18001804104 FOR ADVICE ON MEDICAL, STRESS & ANXIETY RELATED ISSUES LAUNCHED: To effectively address and resolve medical and stress related issues during lockdown, the Government of Punjab have launched a special helpline 18001804104 for citizens to connect with a network of senior doctors over tele-conference and get medical advice on COVID-19 and other related concerns.

Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that over 1,800 senior doctors have been empanelled through the IMC for this purpose who have been duly trained about the platform, its protocol and functionalities.

Underlining the importance of the helpline, Mr Agrawal said that an intelligent Coronavirus triaging system has been developed to identify and prioritise cases for emergency medical attention. This system shall also help identify cases for isolation, home quarantine and those who require medical attention. The cases shall be notified to the government for further tracking and action, he added.

The helpline has been conceptualised by the Department of Governance Reforms & Public Grievances and is being implemented with the State COVID19 Control Room, Government of Punjab (SCCR) and the India Medical Association (IMA), Punjab State Branch. This feature has also been added to the COVA Punjab mobile application available on Android PlayStore and IOS AppStore.

The Deputy Commissioner said that there is unrest among some citizens due to the inability to reach doctors in non-emergency cases amid the lockdown. Getting professional medical advice from doctors shall help people understand their own symptoms and act accordingly in the best interest of themselves and their families, he added.

The bigger plus would be that the technology shall be helpful to the poorer sections in the society in getting access to quality medical advice and treatment amid the curfew.

Describing the working of the helpline, he said the incoming calls would be first answered by an IVR. This IVR shall filter the calls based upon the type of assistance required and those requiring medical advice on COVID 19 or other health related issues shall be asked for more information such as recent travel history and symptoms. This information shall be shared with the network of IMA doctors and the citizen shall receive a call-back from a registered doctor who shall further listen to the patient’s condition and advise on treatment, precautions and other consequent actions.

Doctors under IMA Punjab have also committed to volunteer amid this pandemic and assist with the situation. The citizens shall be advised on concerns regarding COVID as well as other health issues since it may be difficult for citizens to seek and access professional medical advice amid the lockdown. IMA shall take all efforts to calm the panic and provide the citizens with quality treatment and medical consultation.  

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