Centre sends high-level team to 6 states to tackle Covid-19
The Centre has deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to six states reporting an increase in Covid-19 cases, the health ministry said on Friday.
The teams have been sent to Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Manipur, and Chhattisgarh. Each of them will 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 to curb Covid-19 cases, the ministry said in a statement.
The two-member high level team to these states consists of a clinician and a public health expert.
"The teams will visit the States immediately and monitor the overall implementation of Covid-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations; Covid appropriate behaviour and its enforcement; availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc., and Covid-19 vaccination progress," the statement said.
The teams will assess the situation and suggest remedial actions on public health activities to the respective state governments, the ministry said in the statement. Copy of the report will also be provided to the health ministry, it added.
"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 said.