'On alert mode': Indian Health Minister to hold meeting today as Covid cases rise

On Saturday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decided to hold mock drills at all health facilities across the country

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Published: Mon 26 Dec 2022, 12:40 PM

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday.

The IMA informed that Mandaviya will hold the meeting via video conferencing at 4pm regarding the Covid-19 situation and preparedness.

On Saturday, Mandaviya said that the government had been working to control the spread of Covid-19 and urged people to wear masks and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

"We are working on alert mode to control the spread of Covid-19 and are conducting environmental, sewage and human surveillance. Virus RNA was found in the sewage samples in Delhi and Mumbai," Mandaviya had said.

He further urged people to wear masks, avoid crowded places and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

On Saturday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decided to hold mock drills at all health facilities across the country, in the wake of the Covid alarm due to a surge in infection in many countries.

According to the Ministry, the objective of the exercise is to ensure the operational readiness of these health facilities for the management of Covid-19.

The main focus will be on the bed capacities including isolation, oxygen-supported and ICU beds at the health facilities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday (December 22) to assess the Covid-19 situation in the country and cautioned against complacency, while laying stress on testing and strengthening the surveillance measures, especially at international airports.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Miniter Mansukh Mandaviya and NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Parameswaran Iyer were among others who participated in the meeting.

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