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New Delhi, June 10, 2020
The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has deployed high-level multi-disciplinary Central teams to 15 States and Union Territories (UTs) in which a total of more than 50 districts/municipal bodies are witnessing high COVID-19 case loads and high spurt of cases.
The teams will assist the State Governments by providing technical support for containment and facilitate management of the COVID-19 outbreak, an official press release said.
These States/UTs are: Maharashtra (7 districts/municipalities), Telangana (4), Tamil Nadu (7), Rajasthan (5), Assam (6), Haryana (4), Gujarat (3), Karnataka (4), Uttarakhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (5), West Bengal (3), Delhi (3), Bihar (4), Uttar Pradesh (4), and Odisha (5).
The three-member teams are composed of two public health experts/epidemiologists/clinicians and a senior Joint Secretary-level nodal officer for administrative handholding and improving governance. These teams are working in the field and visiting health care facilities to support the State health department in implementation of containment measures and efficient treatment/clinical management of cases within the districts/cities.
In order to ensure better coordination, quick action on the ground, adoption of a more granular strategy, it is proposed that these districts/municipalities should regularly remain in touch with central teams which are already coordinating with the States. Such frequent interaction would further strengthen the surveillance, containment, testing and treatment related action on the ground, the release said.
The central teams are assisting the States/UTs in addressing some of the challenges faced by the State/UT authorities such as testing bottlenecks, low tests/per million population,, high confirmation rates, high testing confirmation rate, risk of capacity shortfall over the next two months, potential bed shortage, growing Case Fatality Rate, high doubling rate, sudden spike in active cases, and so on.
Many districts/municipalities have already formalised a dedicated Core Team at the district level comprising district level medical and administrative officials to coordinate on a regular basis with the Central Team.