OVER 87K RE­TURNEES UN­DER QUAR­AN­TINE IN STATE: JAI RAM

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T -

CM DI­RECTS AUTHOR­I­TIES TO PRO­VIDE PRO­TEC­TIVE EQUIP­MENT TO FRONT­LINE WORK­ERS

SHIMLA: More than 87,000 re­turnees are un­der sur­veil­lance in the state. Of th­ese, 81,000 are un­der home iso­la­tion and 6,500 in in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine, chief min­is­ter Jai Ram Thakur re­vealed on Fri­day.

He was ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of deputy com­mis­sion­ers, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cers of the 12 dis­tricts in the state through video-con­fer­enc­ing.

The CM di­rected them to pro­vide all pro­tec­tive equip­ment to the doc­tors, paramed­i­cal staff, po­lice per­son­nel and other staff deal­ing with the per­sons ar­riv­ing in the state by trains from var­i­ous parts of the coun­try.

Stress­ing the need to en­sure bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties in quar­an­tine cen­tres, he said, “Aged peo­ple and chronic pa­tients should be pro­vided with all the re­quired health­care fa­cil­i­ties. If re­quired, they should be shifted to health in­sti­tu­tions,” Thakur said.

He in­formed that 1.30 lakh Hi­machalis stranded in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try have reached the state since April 26. “A to­tal of 87,500 per­sons are un­der quar­an­tine and the rest have com­pleted their quar­an­tine pe­riod,” he said.

He said the peo­ple need not worry about the ar­rival of stranded Hi­machalis as the state govern­ment was en­sur­ing that no­body would be al­lowed to go home with­out proper check-up and med­i­cal tests.

He as­sured that cit­i­zens’ safety was the top-most pri­or­ity of the state govern­ment. The CM also di­rected the deputy com­mis­sion­ers to cre­ate ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties for in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine in their re­spec­tive dis­tricts as more peo­ple were ex­pected to re­turn in the com­ing days. He added that the state had made elab­o­rate ar­range­ments of PPE kits and other ma­te­ri­als for the safety of corona war­riors.

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