Centre rushes team to Jammu to assist in containing Covid-19

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New Delhi (NVI): The Centre has decided to send a high-level team from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to Jammu to help contain Covid-19, as the district has reported a surge in new coronavirus cases in the past few days, Union Health Ministry said today.

The team of experts comprises of S K Singh, Director, NCDC and Vijay Hadda, professor of pulmonary critical care at AIIMS-Delhi as its other member.

This comes after a special team led by Dr V K Paul, member (health), NITI Aayog visited Srinagar recently. The team had reviewed the status of preparedness for COVID-19 management with the district collectors of the valley.

The current central team will interact with the district collectors and health officers of Jammu and also visit hospitals in Bakshinagar and Gandhinagar.

“The team will support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases,” the Ministry of Health in a statement said.

The team will also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up, it added.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jammu stands at 9,428. Of these, 3196 have recovered. COVID-19 deaths are reported to be 117, the ministry said.

There are 6,115 Active Cases in the district and the total cases one week ago were 6,878, it added.

According to the ministry figures, Jammu has been reporting doubling time of 15.4 days, while the recovery rate of 33.9 per cent and case fatality rate (CFR) stands at 1.24 per cent

The ministry informed that an ongoing effort to strengthen efforts of various state/UT governments for COVID-19 management, the central government has been deputing teams from time to time to visit.

“These teams interact with the state or Union Territory 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,” it added.

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