‘Don’t panic but there should be no laxity in preparedness’: Mandaviya at high-level meet amid rising Covid cases | India News – Times of India

 'Don't panic but there should be no laxity in preparedness': Mandaviya at high-level meet amid rising Covid cases | India News - Times of India

New Delhi: In view of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat and Karnataka, Union Health Minister Mansakh Mandaviya chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials and health chief secretaries on Wednesday. He said that we need to be alert but there is no need to panic.
“It shouldn’t be,” said the minister. cheapness In our preparationThere is no room for politics when it comes to public health.”
Assuring the Centre’s support to states affected by the recent surge in cases, he said, “The Union Health Ministry is available for all assistance.” He also suggested that healthcare personnel in affected states conduct mock drills in hospitals every three months to ensure preparedness.
“We need to be vigilant but not panic. Conducting mock drills is essential to prepare hospitals, increase surveillance and ensure effective communication with people.”
The health minister also urged the states to ensure that preventive measures are taken amid the current cold spell and before the year-end festivities.
According to data released by the Union Health Ministry, the meeting took place on a day when Kerala reported three Covid deaths and 292 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. However, the Kerala state government has not officially confirmed these figures.
Veena George, health minister of Kerala, which also reported the highest number of cases at 21 percent positive rate, said, “We have increased surveillance and increased testing. We have increased hospital preparedness and PPE. Stocks are also being reviewed regularly. Kits and other supplies. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and those are being advised to wear masks.
Dr. Rajeev Bahl, Director, ICMR; Dr VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog; And Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, former DG, ICMR was also present in the meeting.
George had said on Sunday that some people are trying to create unnecessary fear and spread false news over the deaths due to Covid in the state. George said, “There have been deaths from other serious diseases. No one has died from or because of Covid-19. The facts should not be misrepresented and the spread of Covid should not be blamed for disrupting people’s lives. should be allowed.”
Earlier, after the detection and confirmation of a case of the new JN.1 subtype of Covid-19 in Kerala on Sunday, George assured people that there was no need to worry. The state health minister also urged people to be vigilant and take necessary precautions.
As of 8 am on Wednesday, the total number of Covid cases reported across the country stood at 341, with 292 in Kerala alone, 3 in Delhi and Gujarat, 9 in Karnataka, 4 in Telangana and Puducherry, 13 in Tamil Nadu and 13 in Maharashtra. 11 cases were reported. Data from Central Govt.
The total number of deaths in Kerala since the outbreak of the epidemic has been reported at 72,056.
According to the ministry data, the total number of active Covid cases in the country is currently 2,311, the total number of deaths since the arrival of the pandemic in India is 5,33,321.

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