Harsh Vardhan reviews COVID-19 containment measures in UP, Odisha and WB
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Harsh Vardhan reviews COVID-19 containment measures in UP, Odisha and WB

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New Delhi, May 7 : In view of the surge in number of migrant labour expected to reach the states in the days ahead, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday exhorted the states that a robust strategy and mechanism needed to be drawn up for their testing, quarantine, and treatment of the positive cases.

As some states shall also see immigrants from abroad too, an effective strategy needs to be put in place for their testing, institutional quarantine and treatment, if needed, the Health Minister said at a high-level meeting with Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal officials through Video Conferencing. "As on May 7, a total of 52,952 cases have been reported from the country in which 15,266 persons have been cured and 1,783 deaths had occurred," the minister noted and appreciated the dedication of all the States in combating COVID-19 pandemic in the country. In the past 24 hours, 3,561 new confirmed cases have been added and 1,084 patients cured.

In comparison to other countries, he said, India was in a better condition as the "fatality rate is 3.3 percent and recovery rate is 28.83 percent." He also added that there are 4.8 percent patients in ICU, 1.1 per cent on ventilators and 3.3 per cent on oxygen support of the active cases. "The testing capacity has increased in the country and it is 95,000 tests per day with 327 Government laboratories and 118 private laboratories. Cumulatively, 13,57,442 tests have been done so far for COVID-19," he told them. Dr Harsh Vardhan held the high-level meeting with Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh, Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das in the presence of MoS Ashwini Kumar Choubey and senior officials from both Centre and the states to review the situation, actions being taken and preparedness for management of COVID-19 in the three States, an official release here said.

The minsiter stressed that states need to ensure adoption of Infection, Prevention & Control (IPC) practices in all healthcare settings to avoid/reduce chances of infections to health care workers. States were advised to ensure that all Central Guidelines/Advisories were implemented till the field level in earnest. The states informed of the measures taken to partner with private hospitals for COVID-19 management. Uttar Pradesh stated that they have identified private hospitals as dedicated COVID health facilities on payment basis. He appreciated the best practices shared by the District Magistrates/Commissioners and other officials of various districts like Gram Nigrani Samitis/ Mohalla Nigrani Samitis developed in Uttar Pradesh for more effective surveillance.

It was reiterated to the states that attention needs to be accorded to provisioning of non-COVID essential health services regarding immunisation drives, TB case finding and treatment, providing blood transfusion for dialysis patients, treatment of cancer patients, and ANC of pregnant women. Ayushman Bharat-Health & Wellness Centres could be used for screening for hypertension.

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