Modi reviews status of Covid-19, Omicron and preparedness of health systems across the country

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)

Modi reviews status of Covid-19, Omicron and preparedness of health systems across the country

New Delhi, December 23, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting here today to review the status of COVID-19 and Omicron, the new variant of concern, and called for accelerated testing to ensure quick identification of cases for timely containment and treatment.

He also stressed that there should also be focus on effective contact tracing for curbing the spread of the transmission.

Modi told officials that the Central Government should send teams to states with low vaccination, rising cases and insufficient health infrastructure to assist them improve the situation.

The meeting review public health response measures for containment and management of COVID19, strengthening of health infrastructure including availability of drugs, oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators, PSA plants, ICU/oxygen supported beds, human resources, IT interventions and status of vaccination in the country.

Officials briefed the Prime Minister about the emerging scenario globally, driven by the new variant, with an overview of surge in cases in countries having high vaccination coverage and presence of the Omicron variant. He was also apprised of the Technical Brief and priority actions recommended by WHO in the context of Omicron.

A snapshot of the status of COVID19 and Omicron in the country, including States reporting a higher number of cases, districts reporting higher positivity, and higher number of clusters was presented to the Prime Minister. The details of the Omicron cases reported in the country, including their travel history, vaccination status, and recovered status were also presented at the meeting.

Modi was briefed about the various actions taken since November 25 when the Union Health Ministry issued the first advisory on Omicron to the States. He was briefed about the revised travel advisory for international passengers, review meetings held with States, ramping up of vaccination, installation of oxygen supply equipments, and other such measures.

After the presentation by officials, the Prime Minister directed them to maintain a high level of vigil and alertness at all levels. He directed the Centre to work in close coordination with the States to support their efforts of public health measures of containment and management under the ‘Whole of Government’ approach. The strategy of the Centre for proactive, focussed, collaborative and cooperative fight against the pandemic should guide all actions in this regard, he stressed.

"In view of the new variant, we should be 'Satark' and 'Saavdhan'. The fight against the pandemic is not over and the need for continued adherence to COVID-safe behaviour is of paramount importance even today," he said.

Modi told the officials to ensure that the health systems in the states, beginning from the district level, are strengthened to meet any challenge posed by the new variant.

He said it was important for States to ensure that the oxygen supply equipments are installed and fully functional. He directed the officials to work with the States on a regular basis and review the status of preparedness of various components of health infrastructure including training and capacity building of human resources, timely availability of ambulances, readiness of states to operationalise COVID facilities for institutional quarantining, and effective and supervised monitoring of those in home isolation. He also directed officials for effective use of IT tools for tele-medicine and tele-consultation.

"Heightened and close monitoring of emerging clusters and hotspots through and active, prompt and effective surveillance should continue," he stated.

He directed them to send a good number of positive samples for genome sequencing to INSACOG Labs in a prompt manner. He also called for acceleration of testing to ensure quick identification of cases for timely containment and treatment. Focus should also be on effective contact tracing for curbing spread of the transmission, he stated. He told officials that the Central Government should send teams to states with low vaccination, rising cases, and insufficient health infrastructure to assist them improve the situation.

On the progress in vaccination so far, the Prime Minister was told that more than 88% of the eligible population has been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 60% of the eligible population has received the second dose.

The officials said that a door-to-door campaign was being carried out to motivate people to take the COVID 19 vaccine, and that it has shown encouraging results.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Dr. V.K.Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, A.K.Bhalla, Home Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary (MoHFW), Secretary (Pharmaceuticals); Dr. Rajesh Gokhale, Secretary (Biotechnology); Dr. Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR; Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary (AYUSH); Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary (Urban Development); R.S. Sharma CEO NHA; Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan (Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India) and other senior officials.

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