Murshidabad ready for Cov-3, cops hard on errant

Murshidabad ready for Cov-3, cops hard on errant

Asim Kumar Pramanik

BEHRAMPORE, 4 JAN: Murshidabad district is ready to contain the possible third wave of Covid-19 outbreak, health officials said after visiting a dedicated Covid hospital here today. Meanwhile, the district police today came down heavily on those violating pandemic rules either on streets, marketplaces or elsewhere in areas defined as public places, sources informed.
The district magistrate, Sharad Kumar Dwivedi, today held a meeting with top health officials including the chief medical officer of health (CMOH), Sandip Sanyal and medical superintendent cum vice-principal (MSVP), Amiya Kumar Bera of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital at Behrampore.

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The health officials led by the DM today visited the Sadar (old) hospital premises where the district administration had turned the maternity section into a dedicated Covid hospital of Murshidabad district, sources said.
The DM, Murshidabad, S.K.Dwivedi, did the necessary stock-taking to ensure that the health administration is armed with adequate infrastructure to deal with any exigency. The DM also visited the medical oxygen plant at the hospital and took other updates of the current Covid situation, officials said.
The Covid cases are rising, said the CMOH, Dr. Sandip Sanyal. His concern about possible third wave was conspicuous in view of the successes recorded by the district in previous two waves of corona-virus diseases.
Murshidabad district is known for highest concentration of migrant workers in mid-Bengal. So, there was apprehension that the pandemic might spin out of control in the Muslim-dominated district. But the apprehension was proven wrong as the district administration could successfully keep the infection rate in check during earlier phases of the outbreak, said officials. 
“That we remain always on alert is binding on us because in terms of Covid management we provide tertiary care”, said Dr. A.K. Bera, the MSVP of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital at Behrampore.  
The police personnel today went on marathon raids in all the 26 blocks of the district and sensitized people about the precautionary measures like maintaining social distance, using masks, sanitizers while simultaneously complying with Covid norms. During raids by the police, many of the people were caught off-guard in places like Domkal, Behrampore etc. where unruly commoners were detained and brought to the police stations for higher dose of counselling, sources said.
Meanwhile, the state Congress president, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has already written to both the state and central governments for setting up another Covid hospital in Murshidabad district. Chowdhury, a Lok Sabha MP from Behrampore, is also the leader of the Congress party in Parliament. He put the blame on state government officials for not taking any initiative for the proposed Covid care facility for which he formally stated to provide support with his MP LAD (local area development) funds.

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