Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar
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To strengthen the fight against COVID-19, Ajit Pawar today directed to conduct oxygen, electric and fire audits of hospitals in the state by approving 25 per cent funds from the 15th Finance Commission as well as secondary mineral funds for health expenditure. A list of 131 hospitals providing free treatment for mucormycosis under Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Janaarogya Yojana scheme should be released, he said.

The Dy CM further notified that while covid infection is declining in urban areas of the state, it is still increasing in rural areas. He also said that emphasis should be placed on institutional isolation rather than home isolation of covid victims to break the chain of infection in rural areas.

"In villages where the number of cases is high, comprehensive tests should be done and Asha workers should also be trained and tested to speed up corona tests." he added.

In a relief to the farmers, Mr Pawar said that in districts where there are strict restrictions, on the backdrop of kharif season, it is planned to keep the shops of seeds, fertilizers, agricultural implements open for the convenience of the farmers.

Talking about Mucormycosis, Ajit Pawar said, "the disease is cured if medication is started immediately after the diagnosis of mucormycosis is made in the first stage. Therefore, treatment should be started on these patients in the first stage, so that no one will lose life due to the disease."

"Since the control of mucormycosis drugs is in the hands of the central government, each district should make an updated registration of the patients on the portal. Accordingly, the medicines will have to be accessed," he said.

He further said, "to some extent, drugs for mucormycosis will be developed through the Halfkin Institute. Also, we will be making these drugs available through global tenders, so the availability of these drugs may improve to some extent next month." However, Ajit Pawar instructed to distribute these drugs properly and effectively through the district administration as well as Remedisivir.

While preparing for the possible third wave of coronavirus, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar suggested setting up of covid center in rural areas as well. "Separate arrangements should be made for the treatment of children and a team of pediatricians should be set up," he added.

Also, an auditor should be appointed to check the bills of the patients in the private hospital, through which the bills of each patient should be checked, he said.

The meeting was held by the Dy CM Ajit Pawar which was attended by Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Food and Drug Administration Minister Dr. Rajendra Shingane, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Additional Chief Secretary of Finance Debashish Chakraborty, Principal Secretary of Relief and Rehabilitation Asim Kumar Gupta, Secretary of Medical Education and others

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