PANJIM: Sending a clear message that he wants the COVID-19 related mortalities to be brought down on priority, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant gave a series of suggestions to health workers to bring the death rate to zero.
Chairing a review committee meeting, which was also attended by Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and others, Sawant said, “Deaths are a major concern and priority issue for the State. I know the majority of mortalities are due to delay in treatment as
patients arrive late to hospitals.”
He said that despite the government’s awareness campaigns, people are delaying in approaching the health centres and hospitals.
“Goa has best facilities and free treatment for COVID-19. I am not worried about criticism, I am worried about saving lives,” he said, adding that the health workers need to educate the family members of COVID-19 patients.
He also asked the health officers for strict monitoring of home isolation. “We need to start antibiotic treatment for home isolation patients from day one, so that infection does not increase,” the CM told the health officers.
The CM asked the health centre incharges not to depend on IMA doctors totally on home isolation patients. “Do not allow home isolation for patient if there is a senior citizen in the house. Also, do not send back person who has come for testing if he is family member of positive patient,” CM said.
He also asked the Directorate of Health Services to have a dedicated helpline regarding bed availability in COVID hospitals. “Work hard for decreasing mortalities,” he said.
Interacting with media, Chief Minister said that there was no decision on resuming schools yet. “Any decision would be reached only after consultation with headmasters’ association in next few days,” he said.