Centre rushes high-level teams to 4 states to manage Covid-19 situation

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New Delhi (NVI): The Centre today deployed high-level Central teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur to strengthen the COVID-19 situation in the states, the Ministry of Health said.

“With the surge in the daily new cases and the spike in the daily fatalities in Union Territory of Delhi, the spillover effect is being observed in the NCR regions within the states of Haryana and Rajasthan where the number of COVID positive patients is on the rise” the Ministry said in a statement.

Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS New Delhi is leading the three-member team bound for Harayana and V K Paul, Member of Niti Aayog is heading the Rajasthan team.

On the other hand, S K Singh, Director (NCDC) will be leading the Gujarat team while L Swasticharan, Addl DDG, DHGS is heading the Manipur team.

These teams will visit the districts reporting high number of COVID-19 cases and support the State efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases, the ministry noted.

The Central teams will also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up.

Meanwhile, the Union government has been leading the fight against the pandemic with a ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole of Society’ approach under the umbrella strategy of ‘Cooperative Federalism’.

As an ongoing effort of various State and UT governments for COVID-19 management, the Central government has been deputing teams from time to time to visit various States/UTs, the ministry said.

“These teams interact with the State and UT 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, it added.

Furthermore, of these four states, in terms of total COVID-19 cases, Rajasthan has 2,32,358 cases, Haryana (2,07,039), Gujarat (1,19,642) and Manipur has 22,318 positive cases, as per the Health Ministry data.

-RJV