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COVID19: MoHFW Directs 45 Civic Bodies To Focus On House-To-House Survey, Prompt Testing

Meaning: Keeping in mind the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Union Health Ministry on Monday asked officials from 45 municipalities in 45 districts of 10 states to conduct door-to-door surveys and preliminary tests to prevent infection.

38 districts are from Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.

Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan held a high-level review meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Health through video conferences with district collectors, municipal commissioners, superintendents of district hospitals and principals of medical colleges of 45 municipal corporations.

During the meeting, Sudan directed all states to prepare a “district-wise future plan” for the coming months.

The Health Secretary directed the states to provide timely health services to take elected representatives in rural areas into confidence and cooperate with district health officials.

She instructed to control the proper behaviour of COVIDs in the buffer zone’s case management and monitoring area and to control the appropriate behaviour of COVIDs and to activate fever clinics for contributing zones to detect SARI / ILI cases in the buffer zone gave.

In the context of infrastructure and human resource management to include COVID-19, the Ministry of Health stated that proper planning should be done for health infrastructure, an adequate number of monitoring teams should be provided and for bed availability management a system must be maintained.

It states that Centers of Excellence can provide hand-operated operations for medical professionals and senior officers should be stationed for hospitals to help citizens find the health services they need.

On-field governance, municipal officials were advised to take the lead for prevention measures and keep the entire municipal infrastructure in place, using the “whole government approach”.

According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 1,24,430 people have been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, 5,137 patients recovered. “The total recovery rate is 48.49 per cent. The total number of active cases is now 1,24,981,” the statement said.

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