GoM reviews Covid containment strategy: Do not forget 'social vaccine' against Covid-19

GoM reviews Covid containment strategy: Do not forget 'social vaccine' against Covid-19

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New Delhi, June 9 : Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday briefed the Group of Ministers on how the SoPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for public and semi-public environments would allow resumption of economic activity as India enters Unlock 1.0 without compromising the preventive measures to contain Covid-19.

Chairing the 16th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19 via a videoconference here, Dr Harsh Vardhan briefed about the latest status, response and management of Covid-19 in the country, and presented a brief snapshot to the GoM highlighting the comparative position of India vis-a-vis other countries in similar stage of easing lockdown, underscoring the benefits that have accrued from the nearly two-month lockdown and how this can be leveraged in management of disease.

"As we enter into the Unlock 1.0 phase where restrictions have been eased and curbs have been lifted, we need to be more disciplined in our Covid appropriate behaviour to ensure that all follow norms of physical distancing, make use of masks and face covers in all public places, adhere to norms of hand hygiene and follow protocols of respiratory etiquette. There is no space for complacency," he strongly reiterated.

As all Government offices are opening now, he appealed to the Heads of Departments: "Let us also not forget the 'social vaccine' against Covid-19 through strict adherence of norms of physical distancing, hand hygiene and mask/face covers" and reminded everybody to download the Aarogya Setu app which will help in self-risk assessment and in protection against the disease. More than 12.55 crore people in the country have downloaded the app, as on date.

The GoM was also apprised of the growing medical infrastructure in the country and was informed that as on Tuesday, the Covid related health infrastructure has been strengthened with the availability of 958 dedicated Covid hospitals with 1,67,883 isolation beds, 21,614 ICU beds and 73,469 oxygen supported beds. Further, 2,313 dedicated Covid Health Centres with 1,33,037 isolation beds, 10,748 ICU beds and 46,635 oxygen supported beds had also been operationalised. MORE (UNI)