New Delhi (NVI): With nearly 13.4% week-on-week increase in new COVID cases, Madhya Pradesh has reported almost 79% spike in weekly new cases, revealed during the high-level meeting held in the state.
During the review meeting with Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, it was pointed out that 44 districts in Madhya Pradesh have crossed their reported highest cases in the last 30 days.
It was pointed out that Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Khandwa are the most affected districts. Granular details like Testing and Case Analysis Weekly trend in analysis in these districts was also discussed.
In MP, in contrast to the week April 7-13, 2021 in the week of March 17-23, 2021, RT-PCR tests have increased to 73% (from 67%) while the Antigen tests has decreased to 25% (from 31%). Issues related to adequate availability of N95 Masks, PPE Kits, HCQ tablets availability, ventilator allocation, delivery and installation along with Oxygen requirement and status of allocation of Concentrator Plants were discussed in detail in the meeting.
The central government also reviewed the public health measures taken for surveillance, containment and management of covid-19 by the health authorities.
The Union Home Secretary highlighted critical bottlenecks in the State’s response to COVID: shortage of beds in general and oxygenated beds in particular and other hospital infrastructure.
During the meeting, state was asked to curb non-essential movement of large groups of people and social gatherings that could turn into super spreader events with an aim to prevent surge in cases and prevent mortality. The need to carry out the exercise in urban areas was particularly stressed.
The Union Health Secretary urged to actively explore the possibility of also using hospitals belonging to organizations of the Union Government like the Railways, Labour (ESI), SAIL, Coal India etc., to augment the existing hospital infrastructure of the State.
He also informed them that all final year MBBS and nursing students along with inters and junior residents can be drafted by following the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry in this regard.