On December 27, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to state and union territorial health secretaries concerning the holding of simulated drills on December 27 at every health institution (including recognized COVID-dedicated health facilities). The letter was published on Twitter by the ANI news agency.
“Taking into account that COVID-19 is getting worse in many countries around the world, it is important that all States and U.T.S. put in place the public health measures they need to deal with any emergencies. Preparedness of COVID-19 health facilities is important to make sure that States/Districts are ready to take care of more patients if the number of cases goes up “read the letter.
The letter said that the main focus of the drill should be on the geographically representative availability of health facilities in all districts, the number of beds, the best availability of human resources, the capacity of human resources, referral services, testing capacities, and the availability of medical oxygen.
On Friday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told states and union territories to do a practice drill in all health facilities on December 27 to see how ready the infrastructure is. He told them to pay special attention to oxygen plants, ventilators, logistics, and human resources.
“The Center and states need to work together to prevent and manage Covid, just like they did in the past,” he said in a virtual meeting with state health ministers and high-level officials because of the recent increase in coronavirus cases in some parts of the world.
The discussion looked at how ready the public health system was to contain and manage Covid, as well as how the vaccination campaign was going. At the meeting, there were also state principal secretaries, additional chief secretaries, and information commissioners, along with the ministers.
In a statement from the health ministry, Mandaviya talked about the high-level review meeting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led on Thursday. He also asked states to be on high alert, stay fully prepared for Covid management, and keep up their preventive and proactive strategy.
He asked governments to improve their monitoring systems so that whole-genome sequencing of positive case samples could be done so that changes could be tracked through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network.
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