Pandemics attributable to new virus infect people in a number of waves: Govt


New Delhi, September 23

Pandemics attributable to a brand new virus have the propensity to contaminate human inhabitants in a number of waves and a few international locations which initially efficiently contained the COVID-19 outbreak at the moment are reporting a resurgence of instances, the Lok Sabha was advised on Wednesday.

The Government of India has accordingly suggested states to improve well being infrastructure based mostly on the case development trajectory in respective states and districts, moreover taking stringent containment measures, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey mentioned in a written reply.

He was responding to a query on whether or not the federal government has anticipated and is prepared for the second wave of COVID-19 in the course of the winter months in India.      

“Pandemics attributable to a brand new virus have the propensity to contaminate human inhabitants in a number of waves, every time affecting a cohort of vulnerable inhabitants.              

“Some countries, which had initially successfully contained the COVID-19 outbreak earlier are now reporting a resurgence of cases,” the minister mentioned in his reply.

Giving particulars of the steps taken by the federal government to offer funds and medical tools for COVID-19 care administration, Choubey mentioned states and UTs are being supplied required technical and monetary help to handle the general public well being problem.                 

With public well being and hospitals being a state topic, the first duty of strengthening the healthcare system lies with respective state governments, the minister mentioned.

All the states and UTs are supplied with needed monetary assist beneath India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package.                  

During FY 2020-21, Rs 4256.81 crore in funds have been launched to states and UTs.

In addition, states are being supported by way of provide of logistics. So far 1.42, crore PPE kits, 3.45 crore N-95 masks, 10.84 crore tablets of hydroxychloroquine, 30,841 ventilators and 1,02,400 oxygen cylinders have been equipped to states, UTs and central authorities hospitals (as reported on September, 20), the minister mentioned.

For acceptable administration of COVID-19 instances, Government of India has suggested state governments to arrange three-tier association of well being amenities solely for COVID-19.              

These are COVID Care Centres with isolation beds for gentle or pre-symptomatic instances; Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC) with oxygen-supported isolation beds for average instances and Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCH) with ICU beds for extreme instances.      

DCHCs or DCHs could also be full hospitals or a separate block in a hospital with ideally separate entry/exit/zoning. In addition, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has arrange massive devoted COVID-19 area hospitals with capability starting from 1,000 to 10,000 isolation beds, the minister mentioned.

These short-term hospitals have been arrange in Delhi, Bihar (Patna and Muzaffarpur).

All states, together with Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, have accordingly taken motion to create such infrastructure, Choubey mentioned on whether or not the Union authorities has any plans to begin unique COVID-19 therapy and care blocks in states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu the place numerous individuals obtained contaminated.

Hospital infrastructure within the nation for managing coronavirus instances is being repeatedly monitored by the federal government. States have been suggested to organize for requisite surge capacities to handle instances in accordance with present and projected development charges, he mentioned. PTI



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