SHIMLA-5 April, 2020

Media to avoid circulation of unverified news relating to COVID-19

The state government is taking appropriate action to curb the circulation of fake/unverfied news relating to COVID-19 in Print, Electronic and Social Media causing panic in the society.

Secretary, Information and Public Relations Rajneesh while reviewing the work being done by the Fake News Monitoring Unit constituted under the chairmanship of the Director of Information and Public Relations Department, informed that important information related to prevention of COVID-19 is being disseminated by the media to make the people aware of it.

He urged the media not to publish any unverified news relating to COVID-19 keeping in view the directions given by the Supreme Court of India, the copy of which has already been circulated to them, so that people do not have to face any kind of problem. He said that the Press Council of India has also advised the media to avoid circulation of such news.

He requested the media to ensure circulation of verified information related to COVID-19, so that no panic is caused in the society. He said that action would be taken to remove the unverified information being circulated in social media.

Earlier, Director Information & Public Relations and Chairman, Fake News Monitoring Unit, Harbans Singh Brascon held a meeting with the members of the unit and emphasized the need to comply with the directions issued by Central Government to curb the circulation of fake news related to COVID-19.

Harbans Singh Brascon said that all members of the Monitoring Unit have been asked to keep a watch on circulation of unverified and misleading news related to coronavirus being published or telecast in various media so that appropriate decision could be taken.

He said that an e-mail ID fakenews-unit@hp.gov.in has been created as per the decision taken by the Monitoring Unit, so that people could register complaints about the circulation of unverified information related to COVID-19.

Members of the Fake News Monitoring Unit Superintendent of Police (Cyber Crime) Sandeep Dhawal, Joint Director Health and Family Welfare Dr. Vinod Sharma, Joint Director IT Anil Semwal, Joint Director of Information and Public Relations Department Pradeep Kunwar, Mahesh Pathani, Deputy Directors Dharmender Singh and UC Kaundal and IT Manager HP Secretariat Kishore Sharma were also present in the meeting.

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CM urges people for wholehearted cooperation in newly launched ACFC

While holding video conference meeting in the wake of corona virus with all the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State from Shimla today, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur directed the officers to take punitive action on those persons of Nijamuddin Tablighi Jamaat of Delhi who do not come out voluntarily for their medical check up.

Chief Minister directed the officers that aggressive campaign must be launched to find out such persons who attended the religious congregation of Njamuddin Tablighi Jamaat at Delhi recently. He said that close contacts of seven corona virus positive of Baddi and Nalagarh areas must be traced out and they should be kept in quarantine to avoid further infection. He urged the people to come forward to identify such people in their areas to check further spread of corona virus. He said that State Government would not hesitate in taking strict action against those who conceal information about their travelling history and those who give shelter to them.

Jai Ram Thakur asked the SPs to give proper police protection to medical teams so that they could perform their duties efficiently and without any fear. He urged the people to give their wholehearted cooperation in newly launched Active Case Finding Campaign (ACFC) of the State Government under which health workers were visiting house to house of the village to take information regarding symptoms of COVID-19.

Jai Ram Thakur said that under the Active Case Finding Campaign launched throughout the State, health information of 13.5 lakh persons were procured by the health workers during door to door campaign during last two days. He said that the persons suffering from COVID-19 would now be provided treatment under the Himcare and Ayushman Bharat Yojnas.

Chief Minister stressed the need of adequate stock of essential commodities in open markets to facilitate the people. He said that efforts should also be made to ensure buffer stock in Civil Supplies Corporation’s depots. He said that special thrust should be laid on checking, hoarding and profiteering and strict action must be taken against the violators.

Jai Ram Thakur said that appropriate steps should be taken to facilitate the farmers during curfew as their crops were on harvesting stage. He said that it should be ensured that there was a staggered situation and a mechanism should be evolved for this. He said that farmers should be sensitized regarding social distancing during the crop harvesting season.

Chief Minister said that as many as 4352 persons had been kept under surveillance for corona virus in the State so far out of which 1892 people had completed 28 days of surveillance period. He said that total 13 cases had been found positive till now out of which seven persons were under treatment in the State and one person has been discharged, one person has died and the remaining four were under treatment outside the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that now the facility of investigation of COVID-19 had been started at CRI Kasauli and henceforth the samples for COVID-19 from Solan and Sirmaur districts would be investigated there.

Additional Chief Secretary Health R.D. Dhiman said that investigations of 26 persons for COVID-19 had been done today, out of which 21 samples from Tanda Medical College had been collected and five samples had been collected from IGMC Shimla. He said that the report of 21 samples from Tanda was awaited and five samples of IGMC Shimla had been found negative. He said that all 33 samples collected yesterday at Tanda could not be investigated due to technical reasons and it would be investigated again.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Director General of Police S.R. Mardi, Additional Chief Secretary Home Manoj Kumar and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, attended the meeting.

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CM directs State Drug Controller and Drug Inspectors to ensure supply of essential medicines

State Government has decided to ensure availability of essential medicines to citizens facing difficulty in getting such medicines during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Disclosing this, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the citizens requiring any particular medicine available in other parts of the state or even outside the state could register the requirement for the medicine on the helpline numbers 0177-2626076 and 0177-2626077 or toll free No. 1070. He said that efforts would be made to make the medicine available in the nearest available chemist shop of his location.

Chief Minister said that the needy person can contact the nearest chemist indicated by him for collection of medicine by showing medical prescription. In case the person wants delivery of medicine at his location, he could tie up with the nearest chemist indicated by him. The person would have to share medical prescription through whatsapp and if the chemist is in position to deliver the medicine to him at his location, the same can also be arranged.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Drug Controller and the Drug Inspectors would ensure supply of essential medicines to the citizens. He said that needy person would have to bear the cost of medicine and delivery charges on his location. He said that the volunteers and NGOs can provide volunteer services to deliver medicine from the shop of chemist to the location of needy person.