Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Nitin Patel, who is in charge of the health department, said,
When the media and dailies have criticized the performance of the Health Minister and raised questions about how many times I have visited the Civil Hospital as the Health Minister, I should say that in the last two months as the Health Minister, I have visited Ahmedabad. Has visited the Civil Hospital campus five times in detail.
During the visit, the specialist doctor had three meetings with private doctors and specialists from Ahmedabad city and Gujarat at the Civil Hospital campus.
During these meetings, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri Kailasanathan, Additional Chief Secretary in charge of the Civil Hospital Shri Pankaj Kumar and Principal Secretary of the Health Department Dr. Mrs. Jayanti Ravi was also present.
I am 64 years old. On 22nd June, I will be 65 years old. It is also dangerous for senior citizens to get out of the house as per Corona’s guidelines. Even our family members naturally stop us from going out by worrying. Under such circumstances I have never avoided going out.
Although senior citizens are not allowed to go out in the face of the epidemic, I, as the Minister of Health, continue to monitor the situation in the public interest by visiting hospitals and holding meetings with doctors.
Despite the advice of medical experts to avoid visits, I am taking the risk of accepting donation checks only in the public interest. So far, more than Rs 450 crore has been donated to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Ahmedabad MLAs Shailesh Parmar, Imran Khedawala and Gyasuddin Sheikh visited Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The areas of these three leaders had the most positive cases and the highest transition to corona. Among these leaders, Imran Khedawala came with his own sample, the result of the test was pending. That evening he found it positive. I was present with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani during this visit.
As a rule, we also had to stay in quarantine for seven days. However, we have continued our work even after taking risks in the interest of the people.
In these difficult circumstances of Corona where all the people are working strictly following the social distance through video conferencing. Even in the midst of such tensions for 55 consecutive days, they have been working for hours on end. This is our responsibility, our duty.
Corona’s challenge against Gujarat is still there.
In 60 days, the entire administration of the Gujarat government has done a very good job. But it is not right to try to discredit the state government by leading to some unfortunate incidents.
Since the onset of corona in Gujarat in the last week of March, the state government has made efforts to meet this challenge by holding meetings for 55 consecutive days in these 60 days.
The decision at the core group meeting led to the construction of dedicated covid hospitals with 2100 beds in four metros in the state on a war footing. Intensive work was done to meet all the needs of the state and to make adequate resources available.
A Purchase Committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Senior Secretary, Finance, Pankaj Joshi, and effective efforts have been made to meet the needs of ventilators, dialysis machines, PPE kits, etc., in times of lockdown across the country.
Since the first case came positive in Rajkot in the last week of March in the state, the core committee meeting is held almost every evening under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister. Apart from taking a single day off from the last 55 days, we have been working for hours in the public interest to meet the challenge by holding meetings with top officials for hours and to keep the people of Gujarat safer.
The members of this core committee are Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of State for Home, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Additional Chief Secretary of Home and Health Front Secretary, Chief Front Secretary to the Chief Minister.
The first case of corona in Gujarat was reported in Rajkot on March 19 by a person returning from abroad. Since then, the number of cases in the state has gradually increased. With this in mind, the state government on March 21 got 1200 beds in Ahmedabad, 500 beds in Surat, 250 beds in Vadodara and 250 beds in Rajkot by announcing a total of 2200 government dedicated Covid-19 hospitals in just 10 to 12 days. Was given. Similarly, in the month of April, about 21 thousand beds have been reserved for Covid-19 in 31 private / trust run hospitals in 26 districts of the state.
The state is also being monitored continuously by assigning specific responsibilities to senior IAS officers to ensure that the operations affecting Covid-19 go well. Senior secretaries have also been assigned special responsibilities in that district for guidance and supervision.
Additional Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar has been assigned to Ahmedabad Civil Medi City Campus, Rajiv Kumar Gupta to Ahmedabad Metropolitan and Additional Chief Secretary to Agriculture has been assigned responsibilities for critical care. Apart from this, three secretaries have been assigned such responsibilities at the secretary level in 12 districts of the state to guide the transition control operations of Koro in Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot metros.
A team of 40 Dhanvantari Rath-Mobile Medical Vans, doctors have been deployed in 10 wards in the Contentment Zone in Ahmedabad metropolis for home-based health care-treatment. Its entire coordination has also been handed over to IAS officers. The entire responsibility of intensifying the surveillance and corona testing has been handed over to the Secretary level IAS officer.
The state government conducts Covid-19 screening test for pregnant women living in cluster containment areas and labor camps in the state whose delivery time is near. Simultaneously, 100-bed government co-dedicated hospitals have been started in 28 districts of the state. A 300-bed hospital has been set up in Gandhinagar for the treatment of Kovid-19 infections.
Kidney Hospital, including a 1200-bed hospital in the city of Ahmedabad, in a department of the Cancer Hospital and a Medical Society-run Medical College, Sola Civil Hospital, SVP Hospital and 25 other hospitals in Ahmedabad have provided treatment to coronary patients.
Obtaining the cooperation of private hospitals by the High Court which has been observed
The state government has completed this work from the very beginning. Private hospitals in the state where beds are available have 50 per cent beds reserved by the government. All the expenses of this 50 per cent bed are borne by the state government. Citizens do not have to spend a single penny
The government pays for the medicine, treatment and accommodation for all of them. In the same way, the citizens who have to be quarantined have been reimbursed in other institutions of Ahmedabad city including Samaras Hostel and all the expenses have been borne by the government.
The Government of India has allotted as many kits as it needs to Gujarat and the state government has conducted an average of more than five thousand tests per day in different parts of the state, which are not done in other states. The true information came out only if there were enough tests, so we have increased the number of tests from the beginning and carried out surveillance.
The state government in collaboration with the Government of India has distributed millions of tonnes of foodgrains to middle class families during the Corona epidemic and lockdown.
Gujarat has run the most labor trains for foreign workers living in Gujarat to go to their hometowns. Workers have been sent to states including Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal.
In the early stages of the lockdown, thousands of workers fled on foot to their hometowns. At that time they made an important decision to send them by bus to reach the border of their state.
At the same time, the government has made arrangements to send four to five lakh people from Surat to Saurashtra and also to send several tribal citizens of Dahod district to their district during the concessions given in Lockdown-4.
People see our work in a positive way. People who work for the people should be encouraged.