35,000 people found having pre-existing diseases: Survey

35,000 people found having pre-existing diseases: Survey

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 13

To initiate early treatment and minimise the loss of lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori directed health officials to conduct the test of all symptomatic patients and those having co-morbidities, in Jalandhar.

Jalandhar witnessed 91 deaths, of which 85 had several other co-morbidities. To complete the sampling within a few days, teams have been doubled to collect the samples.- Ghanshyam Thori, Deputy Commissioner

Participating in a video conference chaired by Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh to review the Covid-19 preparedness in districts, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, along with SSP Satinder Singh, said due to a surge in cases, the administration had planned to intensify the sampling for tests for treatment of Covid-19 positive cases, if any.

The DC said during a door-to-door survey conducted by health teams, 35,000 people had been found suffering from pre-existing diseases and samples of all these persons will be taken by the teams. He said Jalandhar had witnessed 91 deaths of which 85 had several other co-morbidities. He said to complete the sampling within a few days; teams had been doubled to collect the samples.

The DC said the main pillars of the Covid-19 preparedness strategy were segregation of micro-containment zones and screening of all those in high-risk categories to put them on treatment as soon as possible. He emphasised the need to trace and conduct test of all those who had come in the contact with infected persons within 72-hours, which could be immensely beneficial to contain the further spread of Covid-19.

He said the healthcare infrastructure was being ramped up continually in the district, besides the availability of beds for level-2 and level-3 was ensured round the clock.

The Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, who also joined the VC from his office and Senior Superintendent of Police Satinder Singh said the Police Department had also initiated an awareness drive to sensitise people about preventive measures.

They said the drive was already intensified against the violators in Jalandhar, to ensure strict compliance of medical protocols to stem the spread of Covid-19. Meanwhile, CM Capt Amarinder Singh lauded the efforts of the district administration in this war against the novel Covid-19.

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