Union Health Ministry reviews public health preparedness and vaccination progress in view of upsurge in COVID -19 and Influenza cases
Rajesh Bhushan urged everyone to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour at all times
The Centre reviewed public health preparedness for the management of COVID-19 and vaccination progress with States in view of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting through video conferencing with States and Union Territories yesterday.
He cautioned States and UTs against any complacency and advised them to follow up on the priorities listed in the joint advisory issued by the Department of Health Research and the Department of Health and Family Welfare.
He stressed on ramping of testing with higher proportion of RT-PCR, and whole genome sequencing of positive samples.
Rajesh Bhushan urged everyone to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour at all times.
He also stressed on the need to increase administration of precautionary doses among people, especially for the vulnerable population group.
Rajesh Bhushan also advised States to undertake mock drills across all health facilities on the 10th and the 11th of April to ensure operational readiness of Hospital Infrastructure, including Oxygen Cylinders, PSA oxygen plants, ventilators, logistics and human resources.
The Union Health Secretary said, irrespective of the new COVID variants, Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour continue to remain the tested strategy for COVID management.
During the meeting, states were urged to ensure availability of sufficient designated beds and health workers across the states, enhance community awareness regarding disease and regularly update COVID-19 data in Covid India Portal.
On the occasion, Member (Health), NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul highlighted the need for increased vigil due to the prevalence of new variants and vaccine immunity across the country.
He urged States to increase preparedness, including higher levels of RT-PCR tests and called for increasing the coverage of precautionary doses among population.