UP govt tweaks smart village programme, will build isolation wards instead of Barat Ghars to fight coronavirus

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The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday improvised its smart village programmes and said that Covid-19 isolation wards will be constructed instead of ‘barat ghars’ in villages.

The decision was taken following the increasing number of novel coronavirus cases in the state and across India.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) confirmed that all the proposals of barat ghars have now been replaced with isolation wards having all facilities for the coronavirus patients with no or mild symptoms. The officials are also planning to extend it across the state.

“All the infrastructural development during this period must be utilised to fight coronavirus. Since the pandemic has reached the villages of Uttar Pradesh, we have decided to tweak the plan for smart villages and construct isolation centres as soon as possible,” said Thakur Dhirendra Singh, MLA, Jewar (Greater Noida).

Chief executive officer of the YIEDA said the isolation wards are being constructed instead of Barat Ghars to take care of patients with minimal symptoms.

“There are different categories of patients of coronavirus. These isolation facilities will be construed in villages for patients who have mild symptoms and do not need oxygen or critical care. Such wards will be a great help in reducing pressure on the hospitals in the locality,” said Arun Veer Singh, CEO, YIEDA.

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