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UP to appoint nodal officer for each Covid hospitalLUCKNOW: Stepping up preventive measures in the wake of spike in coronavirus cases, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday directed the state health department to appoint a nodal officer for each Covid care hospital. UP recorded 4,164 cases in the past 24 hours.

Yogi also directed the officials to constitute nigrani samitis at the level of every gram panchayat and municipal ward. For this, members of Yuvak Mangal Dal, chowkidars, civil defence and NGOS will be engaged. He instructed officials to keep a strict vigil in Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Ghaziabad and GB Nagar. The CM said that the beds in SGPGI, KGMU and Ram Manohar Lohia should also be increased for Covid patients. He also warned of strict action in case of any callousness.

Additional chief secretary, health, Amit Mohan Prasad said nodal officers will be appointed for both government and private hospitals. The officials will ensure that the infected people get quality treatment and the hospitals have adequate arrangements. “The officers will also address complaints, if any, of the people admitted in these hospitals,” he said.

Prasad announced that on April 7, which is the World Health Day, the state government will felicitate gifts to four to eight people, in all districts, who have been administered both doses of vaccine. The beneficiaries will be selected through lottery with the help of serial number of vaccination card given to those vaccinated. “This is being done to encourage people to get the second dose of vaccine,” he said.

Prasad said the government will ensure strict implementation of Covid safety protocols, including demarcating containment zones. In one case, the containment zone would be of 25 metres radius, while in case of a cluster (more than one case), the containment zone would cover 50 metres radius.

Over 19k cases in UP in 24 hours

UP recorded a total of 19,738 active cases in the past 24 hours. Of these, 10,665 patients were in home isolation while others are in hospitals. A total of 6,01,640 patients have recovered from the infection in the state so far. Prasad said the government conducted tests of 1,77,695 samples. “The idea is to identify and isolate the infected people as soon as possible,” he said. On Saturday, 1,66,110 tests were conducted in the state. Till date, 3,54,13,966 tests have been done in the state. The ACS said surveillance has been scaled up in the wake of Covid surge. He said that 3,17,06,947 houses have been tracked to cover more than 15 crore people.

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