Saraikela DC gives directives to Durga Puja committees, govt officials for COVID prevention

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Saraikela, Oct 01: Deputy Commissioner Iqbal Alam Ansari convened a meeting with district officials on Thursday to ensure implementation of all safety protocols against COVID-19 in view of the impending Durgotsav. The DC discussed all preventive measures to be adopted by Durga Puja committees at their respective pandals and the measures and modes to be adopted for their strict implementation. All puja organizers have been directed to follow protocols that were decided upon at today’s meeting. The directives for each pandal include installation of one entry and one exit gate, entry restricted to visitors wearing masks, installation of thermal scanners at entry points, provision of sanitizers to visitors, ensuring social distance at entry, exit points and within the pandals, sanitization of entire pandal thrice daily at which points of time visitors are not to be allowed and ban on use of tobacco products in and around the pandal area. Cleanliness at pandal premises are to be maintained round the clock.

All BDOs, COs and SDOs have been directed to implement the directives through puja committees during the meeting with peace committee. All officials have been directed to supervise sanitization work in pandals under their respective jurisdictions. They are to oversee that all COVID-19 protocols are mentioned in the form of advisories at public places on flex banner hoardings. Such hoardings are to be made available with SDOs, BDOs and Medical Officers for display at their levels.

It was informed in the meeting held on Thursday that 6,000 COVID test kits had been made available to the district out of which 2,000 has been allotted to Gamharia Health Centre where as 500 each to other HCs. The DC directed that a similar test machine installed at the Ichagarh Health Centre be made available at Gamharia HC also so that samples collected at nearby centres could be tested there.

In order to ensure better monitoring of COVID positive patients, the check up teams should provide directives through collection and compilation of specific data. The test teams should hold regular review meetings to assess the situation for better monitoring purposes.

The Saraikela-Kharsawan SP was requested to urge police officers and personnel for plasma donation.

It was stated in the meeting that the disaster management department had provision for sanctioning Rs Ten lakh on the recommendation of the Civil Surgeon and the Chief Medical Officer.

Among those present in the meeting were DDC, SDOs of Saraikela and Chandil, Civil Surgeon and other government officials.

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