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MH: CM Eknath Shinde conducts comprehensive review ON Corona variant, JN.1

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde conducted a comprehensive review of the state’s health system in light of the detection of the new Corona variant, JN.1 in the state.
The Chief Minister emphasized the need for structural, electrical, and fire audits in health institutions across the state. During a video conference meeting, he instructed the health department to ensure the readiness of’Isolation and Oxygen beds’ in hospitals. CM Shinde also urged citizens to adhere to Corona preventive instructions without fear.
The Chief Minister instructed officials to conduct checks on oxygen plants, ventilators, oxygen pipelines, RTPCR labs, and Liquid Oxygen plants, to ensure their proper functioning. He also asked the officials to review the vaccination status, emphasizing the importance of reaching those who have not yet been vaccinated.
He asked the health system to establish task forces and take guidance from experts and took an overview of the current status of Covid centres, isolation beds, ICU beds, and ventilator beds.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the success of the country, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, in battling the previous waves of Covid and assured citizens that the state is fully prepared, urging them not to panic.
Chief Minister Shinde encouraged citizens to get tested immediately if they experience any symptoms like cold, cough, or fever. He emphasized the use of masks in crowded places, especially in view of the upcoming festivals and the New Year celebrations.
Medical Education Minister Hasan Mushrif and Health Minister Dr. Tanaji Sawant provided details about the health system’s preparedness, highlighting the availability of 63 thousand isolation beds, 33 thousand oxygen beds, 9 thousand 500 ICU beds, and 6 thousand ventilator beds in the state.
Health secretary Milind Mhaiskar said, at present 45 new cases of Corona have been reported in the state including 27 in Mumbai, 8 each in Pune and Thane, one each in Kolhapur and Raigad.
Principal Secretary Brijesh Singh announced a public awareness campaign regarding the new variant JN.1, emphasizing the importance of official information to prevent the spread of rumours and confusion among the public.

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