Chandigarh, April 5 - Haryana Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora today directed the district Deputy Commissioners of the state to prepare and implement plans at the micro-level in order to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in their respective districts. Apart from this, special care should be taken of respiratory patients and if they have any problem, then they should be admitted to the hospital for their treatment.

The Chief Secretary gave these instructions here today through video conferencing in the meeting of the Crisis Coordination Committee of Nodal Officers appointed for COVID-19, including District Deputy Commissioners.

She said that apart from two government testing laboratories of the state, five other private testing laboratories of Gurugram have also been authorized to examine the samples of patients. She directed all the Deputy Commissioners that the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has authorized these five private laboratories for testing and collection centers have been set up in each district for these laboratories from where the samples can be brought to the laboratories. Apart from this, she directed that a Supervisory Officer should also be deployed to monitor the data in the laboratories where the testing is being done so that accurate data can be collected.

In the video conferencing, the Chief Secretary said to the officers that the state government has placed orders for taking additional thermal scanners and PPE kits and have about 1.5 lakh N-95 masks. She said to the officers that smart helplines should also be used so that people do not face problems.

She said that the state government is considering convert Panchkula's Civil Hospital into COVID-19 Hospital, Mulana's Hospital and Agroha's 550-bed Hospital also into COVID-19 hospitals. Similarly, she instructed the Deputy Commissioners that the operators of Combine harvesters in the state should not be allowed to face any problem in harvesting while maintaining social distancing.

Mrs. Arora also directed to implement all measures to prevent COVID-19 in Nuh and said that the suspected COVID-19 people should be quarantined. She directed the officers to use the sources properly while working as a team. She said that the list of rates of goods with the hawkers and shopkeepers should be confirmed. In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Mr. Rajeev Arora said that at present, Gurugram was carrying out the maximum laboratory tests of 400 persons per million, which will be increased to 1,000 persons per million in the coming days. Similarly, Nuh and Palwal have the capacity of testing 300 persons per million which will also be increased by the ratio of 500 persons per million. At the same time, in Faridabad and Panipat, the facility of testing will be provided at the ratio of 1,000 persons per million. He said that at present COVID-19 testing is being conducted at PGIMS, Rohtak and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College, Khanpur Kalan, and two private testing laboratories of Gurugram have also been added since yesterday.

Mr. Rajeev Arora said that the state government is also in talks with a testing laboratory in Mohali and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be with it soon so that the testing of COVID-19 patients of the state can be done as much as possible. In addition, sampling is also coming from collection centers. He told that if a person tests for COVID-19 test in the private laboratories also, his information should be updated with the concerned civil surgeon and his data should be collected. He said that if a person gets his testing done under Ayushman Bharat scheme then the testing charges will be refunded.

In the meeting, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. Rajesh Khullar also gave necessary guidelines to the Deputy Commissioners of the districts.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue and Disaster Management Department Mr. Dhanpat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Mr. P.K. Das, Additional Chief Secretary of Medical Education and Research Department Mr. Alok Nigam, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance and Planning Department, Mr. TVSN Prasad, Secretary, Department of Personnel, Mr. Nitin Kumar Yadav, Other senior officials, including the Department of Education Director-General Mr. Ajit Balaji Joshi, Information, Director of Public Relations and Language Mr. P.C. Meena, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena were present.