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Central Govt rushes high level team to Maharashtra and Punjab

by Shalini Bhardwaj

The Central Government has rushed high level multi – disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in number of daily new COVID-19 cases. They will be assisting the State Health Departments in surveillance , control and containment measures.

According to the statement released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,“The high level team to Maharashtra will be led by Dr. P Ravindran, Sr. CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW. While the public health team to Punjab will be led by Dr. S K Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.”

These teams will visit the States on immediate effect at the hotspot areas in the States and ascertain reasons for the surge.The team will also brief the Chief Secretary / Secretary Health on their observations and remedial measures  to control the situation.

“The Union Government has been leading the fight against the Covid pandemic with a ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole of Society’ approach under the umbrella strategy of ‘Cooperative Federalism’. 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. The reports of Central Teams are shared with the states for further follow up action.”  Says the statement released by the Union Health Ministry

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