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  • Surge in respiratory illnesses in Punjab
  • Govt ready to tackle any exigency: health minister
  • All oxygen plants operational: minister

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The situation is under control and people need not panic, Singh said and urged the public to strictly adhere to the health and safety protocols, including frequently washing hands.

Punjab govt ready to tackle any exigency, says health minister amid rise in respiratory illnesses

Amid reports of an upsurge in influenza-like illnesses or severe acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in some states, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh on Tuesday said the state government is fully geared to effectively tackle any exigency.

The minister, who held a virtual meeting with all civil surgeons to review the medical infrastructure at state-run health facilities, said the Punjab government is prepared with the requisite bed capacity and ventilators in hospitals.

It has made adequate arrangements for PPE (personal protective equipment) kits, masks and testing kits to deal with the virus' spread.

Singh said all the health facilities in Punjab have sufficient doctors and medical staff. All the oxygen plants and emergency systems are active in all government hospitals.


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