New Delhi, Mar 24: With an aim to contain the spread of deadly Coronavirus, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday emphasized on sturdy community surveillance and tracing contact.
Reviewing the status of containment and management of COVID-19 in the country with the National Health Mission’s Managing Directors, the Union Health Minister said, 'It is the need of the hour that all the people who are either in home or facility quarantine, need to maintain strict vigil, and practice the laid down protocols of social distancing, and personal hygiene. Special care needs to be taken of the elderly, pregnant women and small children'.
While visiting National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) control room and the Testing Laboratories, he said that NCDC has been taking a lead role in undertaking investigations of disease outbreaks all over the country employing epidemiological and diagnostic tools.
He also appreciated the public health surveillance and response management, technical guidance, laboratory support and addressing public concerns through a 24x7 helpline for COVID-19 undertaken by NCDC.
Appreciating the efforts and work of the call centre staff at NCDC control room, and the scientists engaged in tests and research, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, 'You all form our frontline warriors, who through supporting people with correct, timely and vital information, are rendering yeoman service to the nation'. 'I salute the scientists who work with the testing procedures, and put themselves at risk in their line of duty', he added.
He also interacted with the NHM MDs and senior surveillance officers of the States and Union Territories staffs through a video conference.
He visited the Control Room and interacted with the response givers and encouraged them.
In all, more than 2 lakh calls have been answered and responded to at the Control Room, while more nearly 52,000 emails have been answered so far.
The Minister also appealed to the citizens of India that they should cooperate with the Government authorities, help each other by sharing authentic information and suppress the misconceptions and rumours regarding COVID-19.
As on date, cumulatively 1,87,904 persons have been under surveillance, and around 35,073 have completed 28 days observation period as on day. (UNI)