New Delhi, Jun 8 : Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, along with senior Health Ministry officials, on Monday held a high level review meeting with the District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Chief Medical Officers, Superintendent of District Hospitals and Principal of medical colleges from 45 municipalities and municipal corporations across 38 districts in 10 states, that are witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases.
Attending the conference through video conferencing were top officials of the 38 districts from Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. The state officials were advised on the measures to be taken in the containment zones for case management and buffer zones surveillance activities and promotion of Covid appropriate behaviour.
To reduce the case fatality rate, the officials were briefed on measures to be taken like prioritising the high-risk and vulnerable segments like elderly people and people with comorbidities while contact-tracing to prevent deaths, active surveillance measures, adequate testing and promoting health seeking behaviour for timely detection of cases, ensuring timely shifting of patients without escalating the symptoms which were advised.
Widespread infection in densely populated urban areas, with areas that shared public amenities, importance of house-to-house surveys, prompt testing followed by prompt isolation and clinical management of cases and containment strategy to be implemented were discussed at the meeting. Regarding infrastructure and human resource management for the containment of Covid-19, the state officials were told to ensure adequate planning for health infrastructure, provide adequate number of surveillance teams, have a system to be put in place for bed availability management, Centres of Excellence to provide hand-holding for medical professionals and deploy senior officers for hospitals to offer help to citizens to find health services as per their need. So far, a total of 1,24,430 people have been cured, 5,137 of whom were cured in the past 24 hours taking the total recovery rate to 48.49 per cent. The total number of active cases now stands at 1,24,981. While speaking on field governance, Municipal authorities were advised to take leadership and put the whole municipal infrastructure for containment measures using the ‘whole of Government approach’. It was also highlighted that along with Covid-19 management efforts, care needed to be given to the regular and essential health services that were also available for the citizens.
The officials stressed that areas that needed constant attention included active house-to-house survey for timely detection; augmentation of the survey teams; efficient ambulance management; efficient training of patients at the hospitals and bed management; clinical management of the hospitalised cases through rotational 24*7 teams to ensure reduction in the fatality rates were also advised to ensure that the testing results were returned by the labs in time for ensuring early identification and timely treatment.