New Delhi: Keeping in view the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and Punjab, the Centre on Saturday (March 6, 2021) rushed a high level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab. They are being deployed to assist the State Health Departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.
The high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by Dr P Ravindran, Sr CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW. While the public health team to Punjab will be led by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.
These teams will visit the hotspot areas in the states and ascertain the reasons for the surge of COVID-19 cases. They will also brief the Chief Secretary/Secretary (H) on their observations and remedial measures to be undertaken by the State Health authorities.
The reports of Central Teams are shared with the states for further follow-up action. The follow-up and compliance on part of states are monitored by the Union Ministry of Health.
India has witnessed a sharp rise in the detection of the COVID-19 cases after witnessing a fall in cases under the 10,000 mark during the past month. The country reported 18, 327 new cases and 108 deaths on Saturday, Meanwhile, vaccinations across the country are going on in full swing with more than 1.8 crores people vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, healthcare workers, frontline workers, people above the age of 60, and people above the age of 45 with co-morbidities are eligible for the vaccines.
The vaccination drive started on January 16 after the government approved Oxford’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use. Furthermore, India is also supplying COVID-19 vaccines to other countries under its vaccine diplomacy program.