At a time when the rickety health infrastructure of Uttar Pradesh (UP) is collapsing due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Yogi Adityanath government is providing oximeters and thermal scanners for cows housed in the state’s gaushalas.
As part of its cow protection agenda, the UP government in a press statement said that instructions have been issued to set up help desks in every district for cow welfare. It also provides that gaushalas will be equipped with all medical equipment including thermal scanners for cows and oximeters.
51 oximeters, 341 thermal scanners
The statement also provides that 51 oximeters and 341 thermal scanners have been also provided to ensure better animal care and testing. The government is providing the equipment so that symptoms of COVID-19 in animals can be detected early.
The government has also issued a host of instructions for the better management of gaushalas (cowsheds) owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the instructions suggests that all cowsheds must strictly follow the COVID-19 protocol and made wearing masks and frequent thermal screening mandatory there.
The UP government said that 5,268 cow protection centres have ensured the well-being of 5,73,417 animals so far in the state. Apart from these, there are larger cow sanctuaries as well in the state.
COVID-19 situation in UP
The COVID-19 situation in Uttar Pradesh has gone from bad to worse in the past few weeks as cases and deaths continue to surge rapidly. According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the state has reported 350 deaths on Thursday due to COVID-19. So far, 14,501 people have died due to the viral infection in the state.
There are over 2.59 lakh active cases of the virus amid an acute shortage of hospital beds, oxygen and medicines. Also, 1.15 lakh people have recovered from the viral infection. Of it, 28,902 people recovered on Thursday.
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