Initiate Psycho-Social measures to quarantine migrant labourers, Centre tells states

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Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had also issued an advisory to all the state governments for proper quarantine of migrant labourers and for initiating psycho-social measures in case of necessity.

Cabinet Secretary while directing the states to this effect as per the Supreme Court orders the trained counsellors or community group leaders of all religions should visit and provide psycho-social support to the migrants in relief camps. He also asked to take care of their welfare by providing food, water, medical supplies and sanitation and other arrangements in relief centres or camps, quarantine facilities etc.

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The Ministry of Health has provided an email (technicalquery.covid19@gov.in) which will provide authentic technical information to queries from institutions like AIIMS, New Delhi. All the technical guidelines are also available on the website of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/). Toll-Free number (1075) and helpline email id (ncov2019@gov.in) for COVID-19 related queries have been operational for some time.

In addition, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has notified that all 24 classes of medical devices shall be regulated as drugs for quality control and price monitoring under the provisions of Drug (Price Control) Order 2013 with effect from 1st April 2020, to ensure that no manufacturer shall increase the MRP of these items more than beyond 10% of MRP in the last 12 months.

Ministry of AYUSH has also recommended measures for self-care guidelines in preventive health care that can boost immunity especially for respiratory health for the COVID-19 crisis.

It is also emphasised that directly related to lockdown, proposed social distancing measures and large groups are to be avoided for religious congregations.

As of now, 1637 confirmed cases and 38 deaths have been reported. During the last 24 hours, 376 new confirmed cases and 3 new deaths have been reported. 132 persons have been cured and discharged from the hospitals after recovery.