Sunday, January 29, 2023

Mock drills across country to check Covid readiness

Mock drills were held at health facilities across India on Tuesday to check operational readiness to deal with any spurt in COVID-19 infection, with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya saying the country has to remain alert and prepared as cases are rising in the world.
Mandaviya oversaw the exercise at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital here, while health ministers took stock in their respective states and gave information on available beds, oxygen support and other equipment, medicines, vaccines, etc.
The Centre had asked states and union territories to conduct the drill as part of precautionary measures following an increase in infection in China and other countries.
“Covid cases are rising all over the world and India might witness a spike in cases too. Hence it is important that the entire Covid infrastructure in terms of equipment, processes and human resources are in a state of operational readiness,” he said, adding government and private hospitals were making arrangements to ensure the people do not face any difficulty.
Clinical readiness at hospitals is crucial, Mandaviya said.
He cautioned against complacency and urged everyone to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. He also asked people to refrain from sharing unverified information and ensure a high-level of preparedness.
“To prevent an outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed us to stay alert and remain prepared,” he said.
India recorded a single-day rise of 157 new COVID-19 cases, while the count of active cases of the disease has marginally decreased to 3,421, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.32 per cent, while the weekly positivity was pegged at 0.18 per cent, the health ministry said.
In Delhi, besides the LNJP Hospital, the drill was conducted at various other government hospitals like Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital and private hospitals too, including the Apollo hospital in south Delhi. Four international travellers from Myanmar, who tested positive for Covid at the Delhi airport, are admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital and their samples have been sent for genome sequencing.
NPN Adds: It was not known whether physical mock drill for Covid-19 was held in Nagaland on Tuesday.
As per the ‘Mock Drill Facility Status’ of Dimapur district available at Health Ministry Covid19 India portal, the mock drill status shows seven hospitals– District Hospital, CIHSR, Eden Hospital, NIKOS, Faith Hospital and Olive Hospital, as on December 26, 2022.
However, when contacted, a doctor at the District Hospital Dimapur was unaware of the drill as the official was on leave. Another senior doctor of a private hospital (mentioned in the list) was also unaware of the mock drill and said that there was no such drill at the hospital.
The doctor further said that the private hospitals in Dimapur which were designated at Covid-19 hospitals earlier were reverted back to carry out normal functioning.

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