Wearing mask mandatory in health Institutions

Himachal Pradesh Government made wearing masks in all Health Institutions mandatory for all persons including health staff, patients, attendants, and visitors. A notification issued by the Health Secretary said that decision was taken after. the surge of COVID-19 Cases in the State. A letter was issued by the Secretary of Health to all heads of Health Institutions directing them to implement the direction forthwith. The letter says that in view of the surge of Covid – 19 positive cases in the state, it is imperative to take all necessary measures to stop the transmission of the spread of infection in the community. The government emphasizes five – a folding strategy to contain out break and also orders to test – track – treat – vaccinate and adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behavior accordingly. Showing concern over the sudden hike in Covid cases the officer stated that people are ignoring the cardinal safety requirements such as wearing masks and maintaining proper physical distance, which poses a serious threat to public health. COVID-19 is surging and infecting the hospital staff which may lead to disruption of service delivery.  It is worthwhile to mention that about 15 Doctors of Indra Gandhi Medical College Hospital Shimla and many other doctors of other health Institutions were contracted to Covid affecting the OPD and indoor services of the state health Institutions.

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