Pune: Considering the coronavirus outbreak in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area, as well as the rural areas, must look after the COVID-19 spread, the mortality rate and effective measures should be taken. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar instructed in the review meeting on Friday, to work out for a plan for the arrangement of beds for patients, in the light of the upcoming Ganesh festival.
A meeting was held in the Vidhan Bhavan under the chairmanship of the Deputy Chief Minister and the Pune District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar on 'COVID Management and Planning' in Pune district.
The meeting was attended by Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, Commissioner S. Chokkalingam, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh, Pune Municipal Corporation Additional Commissioner Rubel Agarwal, Police Commissioner Dr K. Venkatesh, Sandeep Bishnoi, Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil, Zilla Parishad Chief Executive Officer Ayush Prasad.
Apart from them, Director of Health Dr Archana Patil, Arnab Ghosh of 'Eiser' and Dr Aarti Nagarkar, District Surgeon Dr Ashok Nandapurkar, Deputy Director of Health Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, in-charge of Sassoon. Muralidhar Tambe, Resident Deputy Collector Dr Jayshree Katare and senior administrative officers were also present.
Analysing the COVID-19 outbreak in Pune district, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said, "Everyone should come together and try to prevent COVID-19 spread. The prevalence of COVID-19 is increasing in rural areas of Pune district now. In any case, it is necessary to control COVID-19 infection in rural as well as urban areas, for which everyone should work with special attention. In addition to COVID-19, the health department should take necessary precautions to ensure timely and appropriate medical treatment for patients suffering from other infectious diseases and diseases during the monsoon."
Ganeshotsav and immersion processions are deep-rooted traditions in Pune. But this year, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, it is necessary to celebrate Ganeshotsav at home to prevent spread. Citizens need to simply immerse Ganesha idols in public houses as well as in public circles. However, for this, no one should crowd the place of public immersion.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has directed the police department to ensure that no one is allowed to visit Manache Ganpati (the five famous Ganpati) and any other Ganpati to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Care should be taken to ensure that development projects in the district are not hampered by the COVID-19 situation. Work on Purandar Airport should start as soon as possible and efforts should be made to complete it expeditiously. He said that Deputy Collector level officers should be appointed for the completion of Pune-Nashik railway line. He also instructed the concerned officials to plan for the speedy completion of important projects in the district including Pune Metro.
Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said that "the police department and the municipal administration have done the right thing by taking the public Ganesh Mandals into confidence about the immersion of Ganesha during the Ganeshotsav period. He said that considering the prevalence of corona, immersion in domestic form, arrangement of mobile immersion tank and donation of Ganesh idol donation centres have been set up."
Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao informed about the current status of COVID-19 infected patients in Pune district so far, number of COVID-19 discharged patients, area wise information of infected patients, sample testing laboratory, duration of patient doubling, management of checked bills, bed management amongst others.
District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh informed about the situation of COVID-19 in rural areas. He said that antigen tests were being increased in rural areas and measures were being taken to reduce morbidity and mortality by focusing on screening of senior citizens and sympathisers, which would help control the COVID-19 outbreak in rural areas.