No entry in Magh Mela without mask, vaccine certificate: Yogi Govt
With the annual Magh Mela just around the corner, the Yogi Adityanath government has issued an advisory to seers, saints, and devotees arriving at the Mela township to come with a complete vaccination certificate. Wearing of masks has been made mandatory during their stay in the township by the Mela administration.
The Magh Mela health authorities have drafted the blueprint for speeding up the vaccinations and curbing the spread of Covid during the 47-day religious congregation from January 14 to March 1, 2022.
Strict measures are being planned after seeing the surge in Covid cases across the nation and people from all across the country are expected to arrive for the Mela.
Ahead of the Mela, seers, saints, and volunteers of religious, social, and spiritual organizations have started arriving at the Magh Mela campus to set up their camps ahead of the annual religious fair.
Medical teams are being deployed at all 15 entry points for ensuring Covid protocols. There would be vaccination and Covid testing centers at all first aid posts in the township. Besides, there would be regular testing and checking at the camps, said the Mela officials.
District Magistrate (Magh Mela), Shesh Mani Pandey, said that the Mela administration has held a meeting with prominent seers, saints, and spiritual organizations, regarding the necessity for vaccination.
He said that visitors can come with negative 72 hours RT-PCR reports and fully vaccination certificates if they wish to stay at the township.
COVID-19 control rooms have been set up by the health authorities which would function round-the-clock. Static booths are being set up for the collection of samples for antigen and RT-PCR tests.
The Mela authorities have urged all visitors to comply with the rules in the wake of changing the Covid scenario and to bring a verifiable RT-PCR report of not more than 72 hours, along with a vaccination certificate.
20 Mobile Medical Unit teams have been placed for sample collection. These teams would be visiting camps of different religious, social, and spiritual camps at frequent intervals to collect samples. Random sampling will also be done on entry gates as well. The test reports will be compiled and maintained by Mela authorities.
Plans are also afoot to rope in a total of 12 Rapid Response Teams to take care of the Covid patients and to ensure their proper treatment at the hospital after consultation with the district surveillance officer.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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