Amid increasing Covid cases across India, P.K. Mishra emphasizes the operational readiness of hospital infrastructure and the continuation of the Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination strategy
As Covid cases continue to rise in India, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, P.K. Mishra, conducted a review meeting on Wednesday to assess the preparedness and public health response to the ongoing pandemic.
Sources reveal that Mishra urged officials to ensure the operational readiness of hospital infrastructure up to the sub-district level and to regularly monitor the Covid-19 situation while updating advisories for guiding the states.
During the meeting, Mishra emphasized the importance of maintaining the ongoing Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination strategy and promoting adherence to Covid-appropriate behavior among the public. A presentation by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan provided an overview of the global Covid-19 situation, highlighting the rapid increase in cases within India.
Covid-19 Situation in India
Bhushan noted that the majority of Covid-19 cases in India are concentrated in eight states—Kerala, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Rajasthan. As a response to the growing crisis, he urged the continuation of proven public health strategies and vigilance in monitoring the pandemic.
Vaccination Procurement and Administration
Health Secretary Bhushan informed the meeting that states have been advised to directly procure Covid vaccine doses from manufacturers without requiring prior approval from the Union Health Ministry. This measure will enable faster distribution of vaccines throughout the country. Additionally, private hospitals may also procure vaccines directly from manufacturers, further streamlining the vaccination process.
These vaccines, once acquired, should be administered according to existing Covid vaccination guidelines, ensuring a consistent and coordinated approach to combating the virus.
Key Takeaways and Next Steps
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to challenge India’s healthcare infrastructure, the government’s emphasis on preparedness and rapid response is crucial. PMO Principal Secretary P.K. Mishra’s call for the operational readiness of hospitals, regular monitoring, and adherence to guidelines highlights the ongoing need for vigilance and cooperation.
Moving forward, India must continue to focus on the Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination strategy, direct procurement of vaccines, and promotion of Covid-appropriate behavior among the population. By staying proactive and adapting to the evolving situation, India can effectively manage the pandemic and safeguard the health of its citizens.