Governor calls up Health Minister Etela on surge in COVID cases


Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday made a telephonic call to Health Minister Etela Rajender and enquired about the surge in COVID-19 cases in the State.

Expressing concern over the spurt in COVID-19 positive cases, the Governor asked the minister about the status of the cases and the measures initiated for the prevention and treatment facilities.

The minister apprised the Governor of the series of steps like ramping up the testing facilities, creating an app to alert the trace the contacts, improving the facilities at the designated COVID-19 treatment hospitals in the State.

The Governor has also enquired about the status of large number of patients being put on ventilators in many hospitals. She pointed out that early detection and treatment was vital to avoid further complications.

She appealed to the people to strictly adhere to all the preventive norms like wearing masks, maintaining social distance, not encouraging the public gatherings, and the frequent washing of hands and using sanitiser in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan called up the minister from Puducherry, where she is currently holding an additional charge as the Lt. Governor.

The Governor appreciated the health department on coming out with an exclusive app to identify and alert all the primary and secondary contacts of the Covid-19 positive patients.

The minister explained that the app will help trace the contacts of those who tested positive and help all of them to visit the nearest testing centre to get tested and take the necessary treatment or precautions.

The Governor appealed to all the eligible people to get vaccinated so as to contain the pandemic and utilize the opportunity to get vaccinated at the earliest.