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DoNER Minister reviews COVID-19 preparedness in NE States

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DIMAPUR, JANUARY 12: Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), G Kishan Reddy today chaired a review meeting to monitor the preparedness of the 8 States of the North Eastern Region (NER) with respect to the COVID-19 situation.
In the meeting, Kishan Reddy called on all NE State Health Ministers to develop medical and health infrastructure, procure medicines and procure COVID-19 specific essentials such as masks, PPE kits and oxygen concentrators, etc. He urged the States to use all media and communication channels to bring awareness about the 3rd wave due to the Omicron variant.
The Minister called on State officials to ensure that all COVID-19 specific protocols are followed and stressed on regular RT-PCR testing and home isolation in the case of non-critical cases as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) released by the Government of India. He requested all the 8 States to adopt the Tele-consultation platform eSanjeevani that has hubs at a district level to ensure that those under home isolation have access to regular health care and monitoring and also to ensure that they have supplies of essentials and medical kits.
According to a PIB release, apart from this the Union Minister also advised for strict enforcement measures and extensive testing and contact tracing measures. He said all measures should be taken for observing COVID-appropriate behaviour and management of micro containment zones, wherever it becomes necessary.
He also advised NE States to utilize the unspent balances allocated to the States under NESIDS Scheme and the Emergency COVID Response Package (ECRP-Phase-II) for creation of health infrastructure in the States. He stressed that funds released by the Union Health Ministry to NE States to tackle COVID-19 may be utilized on priority for augmentation of medical infrastructure by establishing field hospitals and oxygen supported beds along with establishment of other medical setups, etc.
The Minister directed for a periodic review to monitor the COVID scenario in the North Eastern Region and assured to take up State-specific issues with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for early redressal. The Union Minister also expressed satisfaction that all North Eastern States have sufficient bed capacities and oxygen stock currently and recognized the efforts of the Ministry of DoNER and the North East Council in taking proactive steps in supplementing and augmenting the COVID related infrastructure and all the support required in the region to fight against this wave of the pandemic.
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Lav Agarwal also presented State-specific observations and requested individual States to prioritize based on the specific issues highlighted for the respective States.
During the meeting brief presentations were given by the States on the steps taken to strengthen the monitoring and containment mechanism, measures taken to enforce the norms of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, testing of Omicron variant, status of buffer stocks of essential drugs, status of beds (normal, oxygen and ventilators) and functionality of oxygen supply equipment.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also shared major initiatives and programmes being undertaken in the health sector to tackle COVID-19 for North Eastern Region States.
Some of the key issues discussed during the meeting were full vaccination of 15-18 years population; provisioning of extra beds with COVID facilities at Hospital/PHC; monitoring at State level; reporting of COVID cases on real time basis and State Government’s request for extra fund/vaccines.
(Page News Service)

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