Telangana among others states was asked by the Centre to ramp up testing, strict implementation of containment plan, augment health infrastructure and ensure effective clinical management of Civid19 situation.
This was suggested by Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba during a video conference with nine states including Andhra, Karnataka, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. He took stock of the prevailing coronavirus situation in their states.
Cabinet Secretary had a detailed review on the State-specific COVID response strategy with the Health Secretaries and other State officials as well as on the factors that were leading to rising case-load in these States in recent times. In keeping with the “Test Track Treat’ strategy, the States were advised to ramp up the testing with special focus on containment zones. Areas of concern with respect to low testing in certain states were highlighted. It was reiterated that sustained and aggressive testing is crucial for early identification of cases and to prevent the spread of infection.
Cabinet Secretary stressed the need for prompt and proper delineation of containment zones as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; intensive contact tracing and house-to-house active case search within the Containment Zones so as to effectively break the chain of transmission. Buffer Zones to be identified outside the Containment Zones and continued surveillance of SARI/ILI cases needs to be undertaken.
States were advised to have a clear focus on health infrastructure availability including the requisite number of beds, oxygen and ventilators across the State with the implementation of clinical protocols ensuring the prescribed Quality of Care and seamless patient management. Effective ambulance management with zero refusal rate was also highlighted in the review meeting. Cabinet Secretary also emphasized the imperative of keeping the fatality rates low. For this, mapping of the high-risk population must be done, particularly the elderly and aged people and those with co-morbidities.
The attention of the States was drawn to the fact that early detection and timely clinical management is the key to contain the spread of COVID-19.
However, Chief Secretary of Telangana, Somesh Kumar said that the state government has achieved significant improvement in testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine measures as well as increasing human resources and ramping up infrastructure.
Secretary Health, Medical and Family Welfare Rizvi also participated in the video conference.