New Delhi: Union Health Ministry has taken serious note of upsurge of Covid-19 cases in few states of the country and directed health officials to take immediate necessary action to arrest the situation.
Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare chaired a meeting with the key experts and officials wherein Lav Agarwal, JS (MoHFW) made a detailed presentation on global scenario of surge in COVID cases and status of COVID in the country.
This included presentation and analysis of trend of covid-19 cases; daily & active cases, positivity and deaths; testing status along with state-wise weekly tests per million, RT-PCR share in weekly tests; genome sequencing; and vaccination status.
Union Health Minister stressed on the need to focus on districts reporting high case positivity and undertake adequate testing (with higher proportion of RTPCR) & effective Covid-19 surveillance to assess and control the spread of infection in a timely manner.
Mansukh Mandaviya directed the officials to continue to focus on surveillance and on Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to scan for any possible mutation.
He also directed for monitoring hospitalizations due to COVID19, and SARI/ILI cases.
He exhorted to increase pace of vaccination including booster doses in districts reporting high cases.
“As there is adequate vaccine doses available, let there be no vaccine wastage while focusing on accelerating vaccination among the eligible and vulnerable groups”, he directed.