Health Secretary interacts with 11 COVID-19 high case load municipal areas


    Reviews measures for Covid-19 containment and management

    Recovery rate increases to 41.39%

    Ms Preeti Sudan, Health Secretary and Shri Rajesh Bhushan, OSD, MoHFW along side senior officers of the Health Ministry held a high level review meeting (through video conference) with the Pr. Health Secretaries, Urban Development Secretaries, Municipal Commissioners, Mission Directors (NHM) and other officials from the 11 municipal areas which have high workload of Covid-19, here today. Shri Kamran Rizvi, Addl. Secy, MoHUA also participated within the VC.

    These 11 municipal areas are from the subsequent States/UTs: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu , Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal , Rajasthan and account for 70% of India’s active workload .

    A presentation was made to spotlight the trend just in case trajectory with reference to total confirmed cases, case deathrate , doubling time, tests per million and confirmation percentage. it had been told that major challenge lies in those corporations having shorter doubling time, higher deathrate and a better confirmation rate than the national average. They were briefed about the factors to be considered while mapping the containment and buffer zones; the activities mandated in containment zone like perimeter control, active look for cases through house to deal with surveillance, contact tracing, testing protocol, clinical management of the active cases; surveillance activities within the buffer zone like monitoring of SARI/ILI cases, ensuring social distancing, promoting hand hygiene etc. Maintaining high vigilance and monitoring in areas of old cities, urban slums and other high density pockets along side the camps/clusters for migrant workers are important steps in COVID-19 management within the urban areas.

    It was acknowledged that the main target must get on prevention through active screening of high risk and vulnerable population and groups, and effective and durable clinical management of the admitted cases to scale back deathrate . While many have operationalised 24×7 state control rooms, others could also follow the lead and begin such units which shall not only provide assistance to the people for various facilities/services regarding COVID-19 management, but even have a panel of domain experts and doctors to supply around the clock support and mentoring for clinical issues which shall effectively contribute to reducing deathrate .

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    It was acknowledged that testing must stepped up in some municipal areas to make sure early detection of cases, timely clinical management and a discount in deathrate . They also got to be mindful of ramping up the health infrastructure to make sure preparedness for subsequent two months with special specialise in isolation beds with oxygen, ventilators and ICU beds. Other issues that require focused attention include active coordination with government and personal labs to deal with delays in sample collection, partnership with private hospitals to reinforce the health/bed capacity, waste disposal and disinfection of COVID positive areas, management of camps for migrant labourers, creating awareness regarding issues like stigmatization of patients and medical professionals in local languages, actively involving community leaders, youth groups, NGOs and SHGs in accompanying surveillance teams for awareness and confidence building measures.

    The measures taken and best practices followed by the municipal corporations for the management of COVID-19 cases were also discussed. Mumbai Municipal Commissioner briefed about establishing close cooperation between private hospitals and municipal authorities to pool the health infrastructure like ICU beds/ oxygen beds etc. They shall also soon make public the web portal displaying the bed availability with unique ID numbers for every bed, and also found out a GPS backed online ambulance tracking system. Indore authorities have focused on contact tracing, and active house to deal with survey. they need formed ‘gully patrolling teams’ which include community volunteers and retired officialdom helping the special surveillance teams in containment zones to enhance confidence building measures, active surveillance, and provisioning of essential items.

    So far, a complete of 51,783 people are cured. within the last 24 hours, 3,250 patients were found cured. This takes the entire recovery rate to 41.39%. the entire number of confirmed cases is now 1,25,101. Since yesterday, a rise of 6654 has been noted within the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in India.

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