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Centre sends teams to six States reporting high number of COVID-19 cases

Health workers and relatives perform cremation during a mass funeral of COVID-19 victims, at West Hill in Kozhikode, Friday, April 30, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Central government has sent multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Manipur, which are reporting high number of COVID-19 cases.

They will interact with the local authorities and get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any.

Dr. L. Swasticharan, Add. DDG & Director EMR, will lead the team to Manipur, Dr. Sanjay Sadhukhan, Professor AIIH&PH (Arunachal Pradesh) Dr. R.N. Sinha Dir Professor, AIIH&PH (Tripura); Dr. Ruchi Jain, Public Health Specialist (Kerala); Dr. A Dan, Public Health Specialist (Odisha); and Dr. Dibakar Sahu, Assistant Professor, AIIMS-Raipur (Chhattisgarh).

“The teams will be supporting them in their efforts for targeted COVID response and management, and effectively tackling the pandemic,” said a government release.

The two-member high level teams consist of a clinician and a public health expert.

The teams will monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, involving testing, surveillance and containment operations; adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour; availability of hospital beds and logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc., besides vaccination progress. They will also suggest remedial actions.

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