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No plan as of now to make face masks mandatory in Punjab, says Chetan Jauramajra

15,000 beds ready in govt hospitals across state; says Health Minister after reviewing mock drill

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- December 27th 2022 06:44 PM
No plan as of now to make face masks mandatory in Punjab, says Chetan Jauramajra

No plan as of now to make face masks mandatory in Punjab, says Chetan Jauramajra

Mohali, December 27: Amid rising Covid cases in China and other countries, Punjab Health and Family welfare Minister Chetan Singh Jauramajra on Tuesday took stock of a mock drill held at the district hospital. 

 Chetan Singh Jauramajra  visited the 120-bed special Covid isolation ward at the hospital and enquired about the availability of oxygen, ventilators, health staff, essential medicines, including Covid vaccination and other facilities. 

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He inspected the cleanliness in the isolation ward and instructed officials to ensure better and standard facilities to Covid patients.

Punjab Health Minister Chetan Singh Jauramajra said there were adequate arrangements and full preparedness at government health institutions across the state to deal with any emergent situation. 

"People must not panic, as there are a total of 38 active Covid cases and no case of new variant of Covid in the state," said the minister. He added about 15,000 beds were ready in government hospitals across Punjab. Apart from this, there was provision of 1,000 beds of level 3 and about 1,000 ventilators.

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The minister said oxygen plants were in sufficient number in the state and they had been run and tested as well. To a query, he said the government had no plan yet to impose any restrictions related to Covid or to make wearing masks mandatory in the state. Currently, people were being advised to wear masks and wash their hands frequently to avoid this deadly disease.

Director, Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Ranjit Singh Ghotra, Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur, Medical College Principal Dr  Bhavneet Bharti, SMO Dr  Vijay Bhagat, Covid nodal officer Dr Harmandeep Kaur, Dr Parminder Singh and Dr Rajveer Singh were present.



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