Centre reviews Covid situation with States/UTs

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New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya today reviewed situation arising out of another round of Covid wave in the country in a meeting with health ministers and senior Govt officials of 9 states and union territories.

“In view of a substantial number of active Cases across the country recuperating from COVID19 in home isolation, it is important to focus on expanding the reach of tele-consultation services for providing timely quality healthcare to the beneficiaries, ” he said while interacting  with State Health Ministers and Principal Secretaries/ Additional Chief Secretaries, and Administrators of nine states/UTs namely Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Ladakh and Uttar Pradesh.

Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog were also present.

Union Health Minister urged the States and UTs to adopt the hub and spoke model and ensure that more and more centre of tele-consultation are opened.

This will enable beneficiaries to access advice from experts stationed at the district hubs, official release said.

He added that eSanjeevani has been able to provide services to more than 2.6 crore beneficiaries where people can seek medical advice from the confines of their homes.

“This will prove to be a game-changer and will be of immense value and importance for the hard-to-reach and far flung areas, and especially in the northern regions in the current winter season”, he highlighted.

“States/UTs need to ensure that these centres work 24X7 and ensure convenience for both the common public and health experts, ” he added.

Union Minister stated that to ensure minimum hassle and travelling, such expert advice can be provided at the block levels, secondary or primary health centre levels too.

He advised states and UTs to ensure that those in home isolation are efficiently monitored in line with the National Guidelines.

This will ensure that the vulnerable categories of active cases in home isolation get the required medical help in a timely manner.

The virtual meeting was held to review the public health preparedness for containment and management of COVID19 and progress of national COVID19 vaccination campaign.

State Health Ministers who joined the high level review meeting included Shri Anil Vij (Haryana) and Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand). .

The State Health Ministers expressed their gratitude to the Union Health Minister for the continued support from the Centre in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.