Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel while attending a virtual meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi held today to review the conditions arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic and progress of vaccination, urged the Central Government to provide one week of the needed vaccine in advance to the state, in view of the geographical situation of Chhattisgarh. He said that this would facilitate vaccination in the remotely situated districts. Mr Baghel also urged to reduce the GST rate on medicines and devices used in the treatment of Covid-19. He said that this would put a less economic burden on the corona infected patients during treatment. Mr Baghel also asked the Central Government to provide support for the continuous supply of remdecivir injection and oxygen cylinders, setting up of 4 virology labs and one BSL-4 lab in the state and infrastructure of 1000 bedded ICU in view of the present conditions of the state.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel attended this meeting through a video conference from his residence in Raipur. Health Minister Shri T.S. Singhdeo, Home Minister Mr Tamradhwaj Sahu, Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, Renu G. Pillay, Secretary to the Chief Minister Siddharth Komal Pardeshi, Director Health Neeraj Bansod and Director National Health Mission Dr. Priyanka Shukla were present in the meeting.
Giving information about the status of vaccination in the state, the Chief Minister said that in Chhattisgarh, the first dose of vaccine has been given to 87 per cent of health care workers, 84 per cent frontline workers and 43 per cent people above 45 years of age. As of April 7, 33 lakh 61 thousand vaccine doses have been given in the state. He said that continuous efforts are being made to increase the testing capacity in the state, especially RTPCR and Truant Test. The daily average testing in the month of February was 21 thousand 142, which increased to 30 thousand 501 in March and to 39 thousand in April. In Chhattisgarh, 2 lakh 4 thousand 420 tests are being done on per 10 lakh population, while at the national level one lakh 89 thousand 664 tests are being done per 10 lakh population. In Chhattisgarh, 1435 tests are being done every day on a population of 10 lakhs, while at the national level 929 tests are being done on a population of 10 lakhs per day. He informed that the RTPCR test percentage in the state was 26 per cent in October 2020, which has increased to about 40 per cent in April 2021. Currently, the RTPCR test facility is available in 7 government labs and 5 private labs in the state. In addition, 4 new government RTPCR labs are being set up in Mahasamund, Kanker, Korba and Korea in the state. In addition, 31 government labs and 5 private labs have facilities for truant testing.
Giving information about the prevention of corona infection in the state, the Chief Minister said that apart from the government staff, efforts are being made through all the social organizations of the state to get Corona infected patients treated quickly. Apart from this, emphasis is also being laid on active surveillance for the early identification of patients. The Chief Minister said that 207 containment zones have been declared in the state. Active surveillance and testing are being done door-to-door in each containment zone. In the event of not wearing masks in public places, a penalty of 500 rupees has been imposed. He said that in view of the present situation, the lockdown has also been imposed in Raipur, Durg, Bemetara district to break the transmission chain.