In light of the rising COVID-19 cases in some nations, including China, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that mock drills are being held on Tuesday in various hospitals across the nation on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remain cautious and ready to handle any eventuality related to COVID-19. This follows the coronavirus infection tests conducted at the Delhi airport on four foreign visitors from Myanmar.
“To make sure there isn’t a Covid surge in the country, PM Modi has asked us to be careful. The government is also preparing if at the covid cases increase. Today mock drills are conducted across covid hospitals in the country to make sure people get proper treatment,” Mansukh Mandaviya said.
The operational readiness of health institutions is being examined in all States and Union Territories in case of another wave, since there have been reports of an increase in Covid cases in various nations.
BK Mohapatra, Director of Health Services in Odisha said, “Mock drill is being conducted today to see how prepared we are. We need to have full monitoring & keep all the logistics ready. There is excess oxygen in our state. If any shortcoming is found (during mock drill),it will be addressed.”
At the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad and the (MCH) Hospital in Gandhi Nagar in Jammu, mock drills are held. While Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian visited Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital in Chennai to evaluate Covid Mock drill, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visited Safdarjung Hospital to do the same.
At the Delhi airport on Monday, four overseas travellers from Myanmar were found to have the coronavirus. According to the sources, their samples’ genomes are currently being sequenced.
“Four of the 690 Covid-19 sample tests of the International travellers from Myanmar at Delhi Airport have tested positive for the infection. The infected persons have been admitted at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML) hospital in Delhi and their samples have been taken for genome sequencing,” people aware of the matter said.
Following the advisory ‘Guidelines for International Arrivals’, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has commenced random post-arrival testing for International arrivals at Delhi Airport, said Dr Gauri Agarwal, Founder of Genestrings Diagnostic Center on Sunday.
Four international visitors who came to hear the Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama lecture earlier in the day in Gaya, Bihar, were later discovered to be Covid positive, raising concerns about an increase in the disease’s occurrences there. According to civil surgeon Dr. Ranjan Kumar Singh, the foreigners are now being kept apart at a hotel in Bodh Gaya.
Recently, the IMA also released a warning and urged everyone to start acting in a Covid-appropriate manner.
“In view of the sudden surge of COVID cases in different countries, the Indian Medical Association alerts and appeals to the public to follow COVID appropriate behaviour with immediate effect.”
“As per available reports, nearly 5.37 lakhs new cases have been reported in last 24 hours from major countries like USA, Japan, South as per the available reports, nearly 5.37 lakhs new cases have been reported in last 24 hours from major countries like USA, Japan, South Korea, France and Brazil,” read the statement of IMA.
“Indian Medical Association appeals to the Government to upscale the preparedness for any such situation as seen in 2021 by issuing necessary instructions to the concerned Ministries and Departments to make available emergency medicines, oxygen supply and ambulance services,” it said.
In event of a Covid epidemic in their regions, the Indian Medical Association has also advised its state and local sections to take the required precautions. The IMA also urged all of its members to act proactively, as they had in the past, to stop any such outbreaks. With the recent detection of the novel Omicron sub-variant BF.7 in India, which is thought to be the cause of the rise in Covid cases in China, the entire nation is preparing for a potential fourth wave of Covid-19.