Pune: Nationalist Congress Party Chief and veteran political leader Sharad Pawar instructed district officials to expedite testing, tracing and treatment of COVID-19 patients in the city and district to bring down the number of total cases and growth rate of COVID-19 cases.
Pawar held a review meeting on Saturday with senior administrative officials in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Labour Minister Dilip Walse Patil, Minister of State for Public Works Dattatraya Bharne and senior central officials Dr Sujit Kumar Singh and Joint Director Sanket Kulkarni.
Pune City Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, Pimpri Chinchwad Mayor Mai Dhore, Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, Commissioner of Police Dr K. Venkatesham, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, PMC Additional Commissioner Rubal Agarwal, Superintendent of Police (Pune Rural) Sandeep Patil, Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Ayush Prasad, Director of Health Dr Archana Patil, Sassoon Hospital Dean Dr Murlidhar Tambe attended the meeting.
Pawar said, "There should be an emphasis on door-to-door surveys to curb COVID-19 spread. Infected patients need to be treated quickly. At the same time, people in contact with infected patients should be effectively traced. Citizen participation is also important in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Many citizens are seen walking around without masks, which is a serious matter. Penalties should be levied on citizens found walking on the streets without masks."
"Health check-ups should be made mandatory at the entrances of malls, bus stands, railway stations and big shops. He also said that the construction completed buildings could be used as COVID care centres," Pawar added.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "It was a matter of concern that Pune had the highest COVID-19 cases growth rate in the country. In order to reduce the patient rate and growth rate in Pune, effective management of containment zones, government, private and jumbo hospitals should be emphasized along with public awareness. Inspirational videos of patients recovered from COVID-19 should be disseminated through social media, so as to reduce fear about the disease among the citizens. There is a need to create awareness among the citizens about the precautions to be taken while being at public places."
Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, "My Family, My Responsibility" campaign will be implemented in the state from September 15. The campaign will be carried out by setting up various squads. The participation of elected representatives, corporators, NGOs and citizens is also important."