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State Executive Committee reviews COVID -19 Management 

                                 Panaji, April 14, 2020

The State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting held yesterday at  Forest Bhavan in Panaji, reviewed implementation of the directions issued by the Chairperson, National Executive Committee and as conveyed by the MHA from time to time.

After deliberations, the SEC took certain decisions for the proper implementations of the instructions.

The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Shri Parimal Rai, IAS and was attended by the members of SEC namely, Principal Secretary, Science and Technology, Shri Puneet Goel, IAS, Secretary, Transport, Shri SK Bhandari, IAS and Secretary, Revenue, Member Secretary, SEC and SDMA, Shri Sanjay Kumar, IAS.  

Secretary Health, Ms. Nila Mohanan, IAS informed that no new COVID-19  case has been detected after April 3, 2020. As on date, Goa has seven positive cases of COVID-19, out of which five patients have recovered and have been shifted to a Quarantine facility outside Covid Hospital.

Ms Mohanan also informed that today 30 Rapid tests were done of the sample taken from the people who had ILI  symptoms. All tests came out negative. She informed the SEC that in the future, the testing capacity will increase from 30 per day to 80 per day. The SEC noted with caution that Goa had  not yet any community transmission.

Ms. Mohanan further informed that the Department has received 2,000 RNA extraction kits from Delhi and informed that this stock is sufficient to meet State’s requirement for the time being.

  To meet the shortage of thermal Guns for departments and others to be able to check the temperature of visitors demand, the SEC recommended procurement of 500 guns.

Ms. Mohanan informed that emergency OPD’s were operational even during lockdown period. Additionally, the Health department has issued orders for resumption of antenatal activities and immunization schedule for children. She also stated the six RMDs have started functioning today, beginning from the remotest areas of the state. Six more RMDs would be opened daily, so that all 30 of them would be operational by Friday. On the similar lines, 30-40 Sub-centers would be opened daily , so that all would be open by Friday. The decision on opening the OPDs at PHCs/CHCs and District Hospital would be taken in due course, after detailed discussion.

Excise Commissioner Shri Amit Satija informed the total production of sanitisers has reached over 1.5 lakh liters, of which about 22,000 liters is given to the State Government and defence authorities in Goa at no cost. The House –to-House teams have also been given these sanitisers for their use.

The SEC reviewed the progress on house-to house survey on the first-day of the survey. As informed to the upto 8pm, about 2.39 lakh survey entries have been made based on the live feed.

Secretary, Civil Supply, Ms Isha Khosla, IAS, informed that the supply of food items is normal.

The SEC also directed that the Horticulture Corporation should put in place a mechanism to collect the horticulture produce directly from the farmers as is being done for milk.

Secretary, Fisheries/ Nodal Officer for the Quarantine Facilities, Shri P.S. Reddy, IAS informed that all people Quarantined at Margao have been released and currently, only five people are quarantined at Candolim, and three at Old Goa Residency.

Shri Rai explained the status of preparation of masks in the State and invited suggestions from all present to suggest the ways to increase the production and sale of these masks using local talent available in Goa. After discussion, the SEC decided that the Handicraft Corporation could coordinate the sale and supply of these masks.

Secretary, Civil Supply informed that prices of masks have been fixed as an essential commodity and charging more will be an offence under the  Essential Commodities Act apart from violation of norms under Disaster Management Act.

Secretary, Tourism, Shri J. Ashok Kumar, IAS, informed that the Tourism Department has shortlisted 20,000 rooms to be used as paid Quarantine facilities.

The SEC clarified that operation of Atta Chakki/Flour Mills come within the permitted category, being part of the Food chain, provided they follow the norms of social distancing, etc.