Increase Covid-19 testing in areas with high positivity rates: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Saturday on the situation of vaccination against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India. Senior central government officials who attended the meeting also provided the Prime Minister with a detailed briefing on the current status of other Covid-19-related efforts, from testing to positivity and recovery rates. Prime Minister Modi has called for the rate of Covid-19 testing to be increased in areas that have reported high positivity rates (TPRs), according to an official press note.
Prime Minister Modi made his official decision on Twitter to post: “Discussed a number of issues at today’s COVID-19 review meeting, including stepping up testing in areas with high TPR, preparing localized containment strategies, increasing health capacity in rural areas and accelerating the speed of vaccination. “
Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that localized Covid-19 testing is the need of the hour, especially for states with high TPR in districts. In these regions, RT-PCR and rapid testing are yet to be stepped up, the prime minister said, adding that states should be encouraged to report their numbers transparently without any pressure from high numbers hampering their efforts. .
Officials also briefed Prime Minister Modi on the vaccination process and state coverage of the population over 45. The road map for future vaccine availability was also discussed. He ordered officials to work closely with states to speed up vaccination.
The Prime Minister also spoke of giving ASHA and Anganwadi workers all the necessary tools and called for guidelines to be made available in plain language with illustrations for home isolation and treatment in rural areas. According to an official note, Prime Minister Modi also called for an increase in health resources in rural areas to focus on door-to-door testing and surveillance.
For rural areas, the Prime Minister noted that an appropriate distribution plan to ensure the supply of oxygen must be chalked out, including the full supply of oxygen concentrators. He added that health workers should be properly trained to operate this equipment and that the power supply should be provided for the proper functioning of these medical devices.
In the meantime, PM Modi has taken “serious note” of some reports of unused fans in warehouses in some states and ordered that an immediate audit of the installation and operation of ventilators supplied by the central government be carried out. performed. The prime minister added that refresher training for the proper functioning of ventilators should be provided to healthcare workers if necessary.