Panaji: The State Executive Committee which met today under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary decided for strict enforcement activities and preventive protocols across the State taking into account the spread of the cases uniformly, reported more from high density urban areas.
The Committee while directing the Health Department, Police and Department of Information and Publicity to carry out aggressive awareness campaigns stressed the need for Collectors and Police to strictly implement the existing preventive guidelines to enforce covid appropriate behaviour including levying of fines for violations
SEC urged for implementing the norm of track-test-treat and to ramp up testing facilities to ensure higher testing rate and timely declaration of RT-PCR test results to contain timely identify the number of potential positive cases.
SEC also directed the Collectors to issue advisory to all possible crowded places, hotels, restaurants, gyms, marriage halls, industries, mall operators, etc to enforce the covid appropriate behaviour and guidelines issued from time to time and to undertake random checks to ensure strict adherence of the SOPs.
The SEC decided that other Covid hospitals and Covid Care Centre should be kept ready for receiving more patients in case the need arises as Secretary Health informed that both the District Hospitals have more than half of their bed capacity occupied. Collectors were directed to identify hotels willing for paid Covid Care Centres for those who seek such facility for institutional isolation.
SEC also emphasized for carrying out aggressive vaccination drive more so by encouraging public servants and others(as FLWs) who are involved in Covid management and those who are 45 years and above apart from FLWs, HCWs, etc to opt for vaccination to build confidence amongst the general public.