Covid-19 crumbles healthcare hierarchy in MP; many officials down (Ld)

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Bhopal, April 4 April 5 (IANS) The bureaucracy was crippled in Madhya Pradesh by Saturday night due to the coronavirus effect. Even the Health Department hierarchy had crumbled under the burgeoning crisis with its Principal Secretary Pallavi Jain Govil and Additional Director (Health) Veena Sinha testing positive for the dreaded virus.

On Friday, IAS officer and Health Corporation MD J.J. Vijay Kumar had tested Covid-19 positive. On Saturday, 12 IAS officers of the Covid-19 core group were home quarantined. Pallavi Jain Govil and Veena Sinha were admitted to Bhopal AIIMS and their family members were also quarantined. Around 150 employees of the Health Department are under medical supervision.
Eight more persons tested positive from among other cases reported on Saturday, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Bhopal, Sudhir Kumar Daheria said.
So far 17 positive cases have been reported from the state capital. In Madhya Pradesh, the number of infected patients has increased to 182.
Meanwhile, journalist K.K. Saxena, who was in the news for attending a press conference of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath and subsequently testing positive for the virus, has completely recovered from the infection, a government bulletin said.
There were fears of the virus infecting many journalists who had attended the presser. They were advised to isolate themselves. Saxena’s daughter Gunjan, who on return from London was reported positive for the virus, was also cleared of the infection.
The state is staring at the third stage (community infection) of coronavirus with rapid rise in cases. Health authorities have, however, allayed the fears about that stage.
In Madhya Pradesh, the number of corona infected patients has increased to 182. Three more Corona positives were found in Bhopal late Saturday evening. These include Pallavi Jain Govil, and Veena Sinha. The third is a wholesaler.
The officials who have quarantined themselves include Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, and acting Health Director who has put up at the Lake View Ashoka Hotel.
Collectors Nishant Barwade, S Dhanraju, Sudam P Khade have gone to the guest house of the Academy of Administration. Their families are quarantined at home.
Prateek Hajela, who was till recently the director of health, is also at home. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains has also quarantined himself.
Vegetable wholesaler Abdul Ghaffar, who was found to be corona positive, has caused some worries for the administration because thousands of people come in contact with him while buying vegetables and supply them all over the state capital.
By Saturday evening, 182 Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the state. Among them Indore has reported 128, Morena 12, Bhopal 18, Jabalpur 9, Ujjain 7, Gwalior, Shivpuri and Chhindwara 2 each and one in Khargone. Eleven deaths reported in the state — Indore 7, Ujjain 2 and one each in Khargone and Chhindwara.On Friday, IAS officer and Health Corporation MD J.J. Vijay Kumar had tested Covid-19 positive. On Saturday, 12 IAS officers of the Covid-19 core group were home quarantined. Pallavi Jain Govil and Veena Sinha were admitted to Bhopal AIIMS and their family members were also quarantined. Around 150 employees of the Health Department are under medical supervision.
Eight more persons tested positive from among other cases reported on Saturday, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Bhopal, Sudhir Kumar Daheria said.
So far 17 positive cases have been reported from the state capital. In Madhya Pradesh, the number of infected patients has increased to 182.
Meanwhile, journalist K.K. Saxena, who was in the news for attending a press conference of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath and subsequently testing positive for the virus, has completely recovered from the infection, a government bulletin said.
There were fears of the virus infecting many journalists who had attended the presser. They were advised to isolate themselves. Saxena’s daughter Gunjan, who on return from London was reported positive for the virus, was also cleared of the infection.
The state is staring at the third stage (community infection) of coronavirus with rapid rise in cases. Health authorities have, however, allayed the fears about that stage.
In Madhya Pradesh, the number of corona infected patients has increased to 182. Three more Corona positives were found in Bhopal late Saturday evening. These include Pallavi Jain Govil, and Veena Sinha. The third is a wholesaler.
The officials who have quarantined themselves include Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, and acting Health Director who has put up at the Lake View Ashoka Hotel.
Collectors Nishant Barwade, S Dhanraju, Sudam P Khade have gone to the guest house of the Academy of Administration. Their families are quarantined at home.
Prateek Hajela, who was till recently the director of health, is also at home. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains has also quarantined himself.
Vegetable wholesaler Abdul Ghaffar, who was found to be corona positive, has caused some worries for the administration because thousands of people come in contact with him while buying vegetables and supply them all over the state capital.
By Saturday evening, 182 Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the state. Among them Indore has reported 128, Morena 12, Bhopal 18, Jabalpur 9, Ujjain 7, Gwalior, Shivpuri and Chhindwara 2 each and one in Khargone. Eleven deaths reported in the state — Indore 7, Ujjain 2 and one each in Khargone and Chhindwara.
–IANS
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