Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, September 17
The federal government coverage on testing gave a fertile floor to rumours, as a result of which the state’s Covid management programme suffered a setback, a two-member Central staff has discovered.
The ultimate report was submitted to the state authorities after a presentation on Wednesday. The assembly was attended by Principal Secretary Hussan Lal, Secretary (Well being) Kumar Rahul, Director (Well being Companies) Dr Avneet Kaur and numerous different senior officers.
Punjab might be the one state within the nation the place wild rumours concerning Covid-19 had been unfold. The report noticed that to extend Covid testing, the state authorities gave sampling targets to discipline well being officers. Following this, well being officers at some locations went overboard to satisfy the targets and began assortment of samples. Such steps led to unfold of rumours.
Aside from that, the report discovered that Punjab’s case fatality fee (CFR) was very excessive due to the excessive load of non-communicable illness, like hypertension, diabetes, most cancers and continual respiratory illnesses. Due to lack of belief in state’s healthcare infrastructure, individuals had been preferring self-medication at residence and reaching the hospitals late.
Apart from, there have been studies that state’s contact tracing was very poor. In sure districts, it was not being carried out in any respect. The staff additionally identified the poor administration of containment or micro-containment zones. Throughout discipline journeys, the staff discovered that sure areas had been simply named containment zones, however the administration did nothing to examine the motion of individuals out and in of those zones.
Dr Avneet Kaur mentioned the state authorities had already taken care of the problems raised by the staff. “We’ve takes measures, like walk-in sampling and residential isolation, to manage the scare amongst individuals,” she added.