‘Punjab to face COVID-19 peak in September, request PM Modi to assessment UGC exams resolution’, says CM Amrinder

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 11

Amid a surge in COVID-19 circumstances, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assessment UGC’s resolution on necessary exams for exit lessons to be held by September 30.

During a video convention assembly between Prime Minister and different Chief Ministers, Captain urged that “Punjab may not be in a position to conduct exams in September as it may be facing its peak at that time.”

Citing the state’s rising circumstances of Covid, which have gone as much as 24,891 with 604 deaths, the Captain recommended selling these college students on previous efficiency and inside evaluation, with the choice to take exams later for these wanting to enhance their efficiency.

Punjab sought central authorities help for on-line college training, particularly for poor kids of Classes X and XII. More cash was wanted for creating the infrastructure wanted to assist on-line training, he added.

With a 50% decline in income within the first fiscal quarter of Punjab, Amarinder additionally sought from Prime Minister a liberal monetary package deal for states to fill the gathering hole attributable to the pandemic, and in addition flexibility on COVID-related phrases of expenditure in SDRF.

The Captain stated the present cap of 35% in State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for COVID associated expenditure, as per MHA tips, will not be enough to satisfy the present necessities.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, additionally participated within the assembly.

The Chief Minister thanked the Government for India for accepting Punjab’s proposal to arrange a National Institute of Virology for the North Zone and stated the state authorities will quickly give 25 acres of land for the Institute for ICMR for the aim.

Though Punjab was conducting 23,000 exams per million for COVID (greater than the nationwide common) and deliberate to extend RT-PCR exams from 12000 to 20000 within the subsequent 15 days, it wanted to scale up the testing capability additional, the Chief Minister careworn.

He requested the Prime Minister to direct Government of India establishments in Chandigarh & Punjab to extend testing capability, as already written to him earlier.

Expressing concern over the state’s mortality fee of two.4%, Captain Amarinder stated although it was decrease than the all India deaths per million and 91% of the fatality circumstances had been with co-morbidity, it was nonetheless greater than neighbouring Haryana.

Patients had been coming to hospitals late and 86% deaths had been occurring in tertiary hospitals, he added.

Captain Amarinder additionally requested rapid operationalisation of COVID testing and therapy at AIIMS Bathinda, the place OPDs are already useful and stated this will probably be helpful for the individuals of southern Punjab. Noting that PGI Chandigarh is a premier tertiary care facility for Punjab, he additionally sought a rise within the mattress capability on the hospital and strengthening of the present PGI Satellite Centre at Sangrur, particularly for COVID therapy.

The Chief Minister additional urged the Centre for rapid graduation of labor on the newly sanctioned PGI Satellite Centre at Ferozepur.

While of the three already sanctioned want medical faculties, Mohali Medical College will begin lessons this 12 months, extra such establishments had been wanted, stated the Chief Minister, requesting for brand new

faculties within the aspirational districts of Gurdaspur, Sangrur/ Malerkotla, in addition to Moga.

COVID has proven that we have to strengthen public amenities in well being, he added.

Giving an replace on the COVID scenario within the state, Captain Amarinder Singh stated it had seen circumstances go up from 500 to 1,000 in 2 weeks, with a positivity fee of the final 5 days at 8.73%.

The majority of circumstances had been coming from Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala cities, although circumstances had been growing in all districts, he added. The variety of micro-containment zones was being elevated in excessive incidence districts like Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar, he stated.

To increase its struggle towards COVID, the state has opened two Plasma Banks (in Patiala and Amritsar), with one other set to open quickly at GMC Faridkot, the Chief Minister knowledgeable the assembly.

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