All educational institutions except medical to remain closed till Jan 26: HP Govt

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Shimla, Jan 8

All the educational institutions, except Medical, Dental and Nursing Colleges in the State would remain closed till 26th of this month, to ensure safety of the students. This was decided by the Sate government in an meeting presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur over the video conference with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers from Shimla today. The meeting was held to review the situation of Covid-19 pandemic in the State.

The CM also directed to ensure implementation of revised home isolation guidelines and enhance covid testing
In the meeting Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to ensure enhance covid testing, effective monitoring of clusters and strict perimeter to check the spread of third wave of the pandemic.
Thakur said that since the numbers of covid cases were increasing at a sharp pace, the State Government was ensuring that people adopt covid appropriate behaviour.
Chief Minister said that preparedness regarding availability of beds, oxygen PPE kits and drugs must be reviewed and all restrictions imposed by the State Government must be enforced strictly. He said that medical experts were expecting a sharp surge in number of cases in next few days and weeks, thus special precautions must be adopted. He said that the mechanism of home isolation must be made more effective and revised home isolation guidelines must be implemented.
Jai Ram Thakur said that pulse oximeters and thermometers must be provided to ASHA workers and other health workers so that the patients under home isolations must be monitored regularly. He said that in case of any complications, the patients must be immediately moved to health institutions. He said that effective mechanism of transportation of patients must be evolved so that the patients do not face any inconvenience. He also directed the officers to ensure adequate availability of oxygen cylinders and other necessary equipment so that in case of any emergent situation, panic could be avoided. He also felt the need for accelerate vaccination of children in the age group of 15 to 18 years and precautionary dose to health care workers.
Chief Minister directed the district administration to keep an eye on tourists not following Covid appropriate behaviour and take action against the defaulters. He also urged the tourists to strictly follow the SOP issued by the State Government from time to time. He also directed the Deputy Commissioners to take steps to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience due to snow and supply of water and power must be ensured.
Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh said that constant engagement with the stakeholders was vital to follow various SoPs in the State. He said that greater stress must be laid on tracing and tracking of covid patients.
Secretary Bharat Khera made a presentation of preparedness for the anticipated third wave of Covid19.
The Deputy Commissioners also flagged steps taken by them to ensure adoption of covid appropriate behaviour by the tourists and general public in their respective districts. They also highlighted the steps taken regarding preparedness for third wave.
Principal Secretary Revenue Onkar Chand Sharma, Special Secretary Sudesh Mokta, Mission Director National Health Mission Hemraj Bairwa, Director Higher Education Dr. Amarjeet Sharma and Dr. Rajneesh Pathania were present at Shimla with the Chief Minister, whereas DCs, SPs and CMOs attended the meeting virtually from their respective district.

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