Comprehensive action plan to be made shortly to provide incentives to frontline health workers involved in COVID-19 treatment, says Tripura minister Ratan Lal Nath
Agartala:In a bid to tackle the outbreak of novel coronavirus aka COVID-19, the Tripura government on Thursday in its cabinet meeting decided to provide incentives to health workers engaged in COVID-related treatment.
Speaking at a press conference, law minister and spokesperson for the state cabinet Ratan Lal Nath said that a comprehensive action plan would be taken shortly to provide an incentive to the frontline workers who are involved in the COVID-19 treatment.
“A three-member committee has been formed comprising Dr Kamal Krishna Baidya, Dr Deep Kumar Debbarma and Dr Shankar Chakraborty who will submit a report suggesting the kind of incentive to be provided to the workers who are involved in the COVID-related work,” Nath said.
He also said that technical advisory committees comprising seven specialist doctors were constituted to look after the state’s medical services and provide guidelines to the medical staff. A video conference was also held with the district-level doctors who will take stock of the situation.
“The health department will also conduct a test on all those who have had ‘influenza-like illness’ (ILI) and ‘severe acute respiratory infection’ (SARI) in last 10 days or so across the state,” Nath added.
Speaking further, Nath said that the cabinet in its meeting decided that both ILS and TMC hospitals will provide free OPD facilities during the lockdown period.
Meanwhile, A total of 10,798 persons were placed in quarantine till date, of which 10,191 were released on completion of 14 days’ observational period. There are 465 persons in home quarantine and 142 in facility quarantine.
A total of 865 samples have been collected, of which 762 were tested and only two were found to be positive. However, the first positive patient has recovered and is currently put under 14 days of institutional quarantine in Udaipur sub-division.
A total of 2,000 community-contentment level testing will be done throughout the state by April 21, while rapid antibody testing will be conducted on 10% population of the total people living under the containment zone of 1 km in Udaipur, Satnala and Damcherra, Nath said.
He also informed that wearing of masks has been made mandatory for all government offices and PSU employees. As per requirement, the NHM will provide masks to the departments.
At present, the state has over 2.19 lakh triple-layer masks, 5,000 N-95 masks, 8.81 lakh hand gloves in stock and 1 lakh in transit, 6,852 PPE kits in stock for the health workers. The department has also handed over five pairs of medical kits to the medical staff as per guidelines in advance.