Hindustan Times (East UP)
Immediately provide oxygen concentrators to districts: CM
Staggered timings for 50% state govt staff, work for home for rest
LUCKNOW: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday appealed to the people of the state to maintain calm and remain patient in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. He also asked officials to immediately provide oxygen concentrators to districts that had requisitioned them and seek the Centre’s cooperation in this regard.
The CM’s directive came on a day on which the state government staggered the reporting time for remaining 50% of its employees in three shifts after having earlier asked 50% of the staff to work from home (WFH). The three shifts are: 9am to 5.30 pm, 9.30am to 6pm and 10am to 6.30pm. Chief secretary RK Tiwari issued an order dated April 21 on the staggered office timings for 50% of the state government employees.
The developments came in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh reporting its record single-day spike of 34,379 Covid-19 cases and 195 fatalities.
Later in the day, additional chief secretary (information) Navneet Sehgal said at a press conference: “In all, 31 hospitals in the state will get oxygen sepa
rators and the central government has allocated 1500 oxygen concentrators to be provided to individual patients at hospitals.”
For his part, the chief minister also laid stress on the regular monitoring and tracking of the supply of oxygen and other necessary things related to Covid-19 management.
At the same time, he said: “Soon, the state will get 1.25 lakh vials of Remdesivir from the central government, which will make the drug’s supply in the state better.”
He was reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state through a virtual meeting with the Team-11 comprising top bureaucrats.
Observing that some districts had requisitioned oxygen concentrators, he said to the officers concerned, “The health department must provide oxygen concentrators to those districts today itself. To increase its availability, get cooperation from the central government as well.”
Taking note of the situation on the oxygen front, he said, “Ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen to hospitals. Post responsible officers at the oxygen refill stations to prevent any chaos. Put oxygen tankers on GPS (global positioning system) trackers. Every oxygen tanker must have security arrangements.”
“The state has no dearth of tankers and cylinders for oxygen. Yet, keeping in mind the fast-changing scenario, make sure that the state has a surplus,” he asked the officers.
He reiterated that under no circumstances, oxygen should be sold in the black-market, adding that culprits should be booked under the National Security Act and the Gangsters Act.
He once again asked all government and private medical colleges to have their own oxygen plants.
“The private sector, too, is invited to establish oxygen plants in the state. The state would provide all possible and necessary concessions,” he said according to the statement.
VACCINE MOST POTENT AMMUNITION
He also said it was imperative for more and more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Vaccination is the most potent ammunition against Covid. It is found that infection is often mild amongst those who are already vaccinated,” he said later in the evening. He was virtually addressing officials of all districts, divisional commissioners, district magistrates, district police chiefs, zonal police officers, and municipal commissioners.
“From May 1, those in the age group of 18 years and above will be vaccinated. All districts must prepare well and run the vaccination drive efficiently,” he said.
He pointed out that the districts of Meerut, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Bareilly, Balllia, Jaunpur, Gorakhpur and Ghazipur had a higher positivity rate and migrant workers were reaching these districts. Thus, it was important to ensure special alertness regarding the arrivals.
Yogi also asked all the districts, especially Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar, to ensure that industrial activities continued unabated.
“Also, whenever a bed becomes vacant, make the vacancy public. No patient should suffer because of the lack of beds,” he said.
He asked officials to enforce the corona curfew effectively (from 8pm on Fridays to 7am on Mondays) and carry out sanitization drive during this phase.
Earlier, the state government by an order dated April 9, had decided that 50% of its staff will work from home. The remaining 50% will report to work in all the government offices, the state secretariat, the state council secretariat, the state assembly secretariat and all the directorates.
It said while working out the roster of employees coming to office, the availability of conveyance and distance between home and office of the employees will be kept in mind. The officers of deputy secretary and above rank had been asked to regularly come to offices for work.