Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with CMs of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, and Kerala to discuss Covid related situation. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya were also present in the meeting.
During the meeting, Chief Ministers discussed about the actions taken to improve the medical infrastructure and offered advice on how to deal in future with rising cases.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah mentioned that these six states accounted for more than 80% of the total cases during the month of July , while some of these states have very high test positivity rate as well. The Union Health Secretary discussed the country’s Covid cases, emphasising the necessity to promote Covid appropriate behaviour and containment measures in high-case-load regions.
The Prime Minister praised state governments for their mutual cooperation and learning in the battle against the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that all of us are at a point where apprehensions of the third wave are constantly expressed. Despite experts giving positive signals due to the downward trends, the rising number of cases in few states is still worrisome.
Test, Track, Treat and Teeka is tested and proven strategy
The Prime Minister underlined the expert’s view that if the cases increase for a long time, chances of mutation of the Coronavirus will also increase as well as the dangers of new variants. ‘’Therefore, we need to continue with the strategy of Test, Track, Treat and Teeka (vaccination) while putting special focus on Micro-containment zones. Districts with large numbers should be focussed on,’’ he added.
Recently approved 23,000 crore package will improve medical infrastructure
PM Modi stressed on the importance of testing in entire states. Terming vaccines as a strategic tool for high infection areas, the Prime Minister emphasized on the effective use of vaccination. He also applauded the states who are using this time to improve their RT-PCR testing capacity.
The Prime Minister mentioned financial assistance for improving medical facilities, such as ICU beds and testing capacity. The Prime Minister advised states to utilise the recently approved Rs 23,000 emergency Covid response package to boost medical facilities.
Fill the infrastructural gaps
The Prime Minister exhorted the states to fill the infrastructural gaps, specially in the rural areas. He also asked to strengthen the control rooms, IT systems, and call centres so that citizens can get access to resources and data in a transparent manner.
He further stated that 53 PSA (Pressure swing adsorption) plants had been commissioned out of the 332 PSA plants allocated to the states present at the meeting. He urged the Chief Ministers to expedite the completion of those plants as soon as possible. He also emphasised on the importance of protecting youngsters from infection and making all necessary precautions in this regard.
PM Modi expressed alarm over an increase in the number of cases in Europe, the U.S, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and other nations. The Prime Minister stated that this should serve as a warning to both us and the rest of the world.
Follow protocol and avoid crowding
The Prime Minister reaffirmed that Corona is still not over and voiced grave concern about the pictures that will emerge following the lockdown. He underlined the importance of adhering to protocol and avoiding overcrowding, given that several states have densely populated metropolitan cities. He also urged political parties, social organisations, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to raise public awareness among people.