The govt has rushed teams to six states facing a high turnout of Covid-19 cases. The teams were sent for urgent control and containment measures in Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Manipur. “The Centre has today deputed multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Manipur in view of the increased number of COVID-19 cases being reported by these States,” the Union Health Ministry said.
The team to Manipur will be led by Dr L Swasticharan, Add. DDG & Director EMR; team to Arunachal Pradesh will be led by Dr Sanjay Sadhukhan, Professor AIIH&PH; for Tripura Dr R.N. Sinha Dir Professor, AIIH&PH; for Kerala Dr Ruchi Jain, Public Health Specialist Gr. II, RoHFW; for Odisha Dr A Dan, Public Health Specialist AIIH&PH and for Chhattisgarh Dr Dibakar Sahu, Assistant Professor, AIIMS Raipur, the Ministry informed.
The two-member high-level team to these states consists of a clinician and a public health expert.
What will the Centre’s team in states monitor?
1) The overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations.
2) COVID appropriate behaviour and its enforcement.
3) Availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc.
4) COVID-19 Vaccination progress.
The teams will monitor the situation and also suggest remedial actions.
As an ongoing effort to strengthen efforts of various State/UT Governments for COVID management, the Central Government has been deputing Central teams from time to time to visit various States/UTs. These teams interact with the State/UT authorities and get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any. The Central teams will assess the situation and suggest remedial actions on public health activities to the respective state governments. Copy of the report will also be provided to the Union Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, India’s Covid chart continues to show improvement, with 46,617 cases being reported in the last 24 hours. However, the Covid Delta Plus Variant, a highly transmissible strain of COVID-19, has been classified as a “variant of concern” (VOC). The World Health Organization has also warned that the Delta variant, currently present in nearly 100 countries, will become the dominant variant of the coronavirus globally in the coming months.