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He applauded the hard work of frontline workers in establishing health infra, which was “paying off in the 2nd wave”
Gandhinagar: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday declared that “the state was ready to tackle the third wave of COVID-19.” He also assured citizens that the government was working towards ensuring that oxygen plants are established to meet the anticipated oxygen demand in the next wave of the pandemic.
While dedicating the COVID-19 Care Centre set up by Yogi Divine Society virtually on Friday, CM Rupani said, “The state’s frontline warriors fight like soldiers and they have increased Gujarat’s bed capacity from 41,000 to one lakh in a month’s time.
Beds equipped with oxygen facilities have increased from 18,000 to 58,000. The government has been putting in efforts for smooth supply of oxygen, and that is how 2,000 health institutions across the state have been receiving supply of 1100 million ton (MT) of oxygen daily.”
Claiming that the second wave had been stabilizing over the past 10 days, the CM informed that over 13,800 patients had recovered from novel coronavirus on May 06 as compared to new 12,500 cases reported on the day.
He also said that the government had procured seven lakh remdesivir injections that were administered to nCoV patients across the state.
Talking about the newly launched ‘Maru Gam, Corona Mukt Gam’ campaign, Rupani said, “It was launched to ensure that villages were free from the virus, and within seven days, over 1,20,000-bed facilities have been set up at 13,000 community centres in 33 districts. Residents of rural areas with minor nCoV symptoms will be treated at the villages’ doorsteps.”
The chief minister will be visiting Aarsodiya village in Kalol taluka today to personally inspect the facility set up under the ‘Maru Gam, Corona Mukt Gam’ programme.
He also ordered local MLAs, MPs, district panchayat presidents to visit each village under their jurisdiction and ensure that the facilities are functional and that the villagers are receiving proper treatment.
Meanwhile, in a press statement, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel stated that over 1.34 crore citizens have been vaccinated in the state so far.
It included 17,09,903 frontline workers, 9,74,405 health workers, 1,07,66,988 citizens of various groups.