Free vax for 18+ in govt hospitals in Punjab: CM Capt Amarinder Singh

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Free vax for 18+ in govt hospitals in Punjab: CM Capt Amarinder Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh right now introduced that for the inoculation of the age group of 18-45 (from May 1), vaccines could be provided freed from value in all authorities healthcare services in the state.

In view of the restricted provides of the vaccine anticipated initially, the CM constituted an professional group, comprising eminent virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang; Dr Jacob John, Professor of Community Health at CMC, Vellore; and Dr Rajesh Kumar, former Head, School of Public Health, PGI, Chandigarh, to counsel a method of prioritisation.

Chairing a high-level assembly to evaluation the Covid-19 scenario, Captain Amarinder tasked the professional group to chalk out a vaccination technique and submit a plan to the state authorities in per week.

Dr Kang, who attended the assembly as a particular invitee, emphasised the necessity for a correct technique to fight the second Covid wave, with geographical saturation in excessive caseload cities comparable to Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Mohali and Patiala, moreover prioritisation on the premise of medical want and occupational teams.

The CM was knowledgeable that the state had obtained 4 lakh extra doses of Covishield vaccine from the Centre right now. As these have been prone to final for solely three or 4 extra days as per the tempo of the continuing vaccination drive, he requested the Health Department to pursue with the Centre the matter of provide of extra vaccines.

Referring to the studies of black advertising of anti-viral medicine like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab in the nation, the CM stated the specialists had given clear protocols on the usage of such medicines, which have to be duly publicised and adopted. Health Adviser Dr KK Talwar referred to the WHO research which have proven that Remdesivir may not have any vital influence on the mortality resulting from Covid.

Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder expressed concern on the studies of scarcity of beds for Covid sufferers in varied elements of the nation. However, he stated the present scenario was comparatively higher in Punjab. He directed the 104 helpline to supply 24×7 real-time data concerning the provision of Covid beds in the hospitals.

Ordering a crackdown on oxygen hoarding, he stated no dealer or producer could be allowed to indulge in unlawful hoarding.

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