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Health ministry's Covid teams rush to 5 states

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 Rohit Shishodia
The Indian Health Ministry has sent teams of experts to five states -- Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal -- to handle Covid. These are states where corona cases have recently spiked.

Each team comprises a joint secretary (nodal officer for the state), one public health expert to look after the public health aspects and one clinician to look after infection prevention practices and clinical management protocol being followed by the state.

The teams will support the state governments'  efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. The central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up.

As an ongoing effort to strengthen efforts of various state/UT Governments for Covid management, the central government has been deputing central teams from time to time to visit various states/UTs.

These teams interact with the state/UT authorities and get a first hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any.


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