Central teams deployed to over 50 municipal bodies facing spurt in COVID-19 cases
– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: Centre on Tuesday despatched high level multi disciplinary teams to over 50 districts and municipal bodies of 15 States that are now witnessing high spurt of COVID-19 cases. The teams will assist the State Governments by providing technical support for containment and facilitate management of COVID-19 outbreak. These states are: Maharashtra (7 districts/municipalities), Telangana (4), Tamil Nadu (7), Rajasthan (5), Assam (6), Haryana (4), Gujarat (3), Karnataka (4), Uttarakhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (5), West Bengal (3), Delhi (3), Bihar (4), Uttar Pradesh (4), and Odisha (5).
The three-member teams are composed of two public health experts/epidemiologists/clinicians and a senior Joint Secretary level nodal officer for administrative handholding and improving governance. These teams are working in the field and visiting health care facilities to support the State health department in implementation of containment measures and efficient treatment/clinical management of cases within the districts/cities.
The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has further proposed that these districts/municipalities should regularly remain in touch with central teams which are already coordinating with the States. Such frequent interaction would further strengthen the surveillance, containment, testing and treatment related action on the ground and will ensure “better coordination, quick action on the ground, adoption of a more granular strategy”, the ministry stated.
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The central teams are assisting the States/UTs in addressing some of the challenges faced by the States and Union Territories such as testing bottlenecks, low tests/per million population,, high confirmation rates, high testing confirmation rate, risk of capacity shortfall over the next two months, potential bed shortage, growing Case Fatality Rate, high doubling rate, sudden spike in active cases, among other things, the Ministry noted.