Punjab government on Tuesday appointed young IAS officers as nodal officers in Amritsar and Patiala to effectively manage the rising caseload in the two Government Medical Colleges, as well as coordinate with private sector hospitals providing tertiary level Covid care.
The Chief Minister has also tasked the IAS officers with coordinating between the hospitals in the respective districts and the state government’s expert health advisory committee headed by Dr KK Talwar, besides managing the day-to-day functional needs and challenges relating to Covid testing, isolation, hospitalisation, treatment and discharge.
They will coordinate with the private tertiary care hospitals to facilitate the best possible care for the patients with strict adherence to the fee cap and other norms put in place by the state government.
The Chief Secretary has also directed all DCs to identify dynamic young officers in their districts to track each and every Covid patient and coordinate their treatment and care and ensure timely and efficient healthcare facilities.
According to Vini Majahan, with these officers functioning as the one-point contact for all Covid related needs across hospitals and organisations, including Covid care centres, isolation centres, quarantine facilities, ambulance services, the process of managing the crisis will become more seamless and smooth for the patients and their families.
The officers will have direct access to Dr Talwar’s advisory committee for urgent intervention and will also be available to patients for any support. The nodal officers will ensure that patients do not face any hassle or problem at any stage, and in the unfortunate event of the death of a Covid patient, will also facilitate cremation/burial as per the ICMR protocols and guidelines, said Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan.