Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George on Friday announced that the state has started functioning of the COVID monitoring cell in the wake of the rising number of COVID cases across the world. The cell will monitor a range of activities, including utilization of hospital services, determining COVID testing and death rates, and creating awareness among people about the disease.
“Preventive measures will be increased in view of the increase in positive cases of COVID. Surveillance will be strengthened at airports and seaports. Random tests of people returning from foreign countries will be carried out according to the directive of the center”, announced the minister.
He was talking about the COVID review meeting called for the districts here by the health minister.
The meeting discussed the measures and proposed actions already taken by various districts to contain the outbreak of the virus.
Meanwhile, the state is seeing a decline in active cases. Fewer than 100 cases have been reported in the past two weeks. The number of patients under treatment also decreased.
Genome sequencing will be rigorous to identify new variants of COVID-19. Samples of those who test positive for the virus at airports and seaports will be sent for genome sequencing, the health department said.
At the same time, the minister assured that the necessary guidelines have been issued to ensure the availability of medicines and protective equipment. The minister also directed to estimate the number of available beds, ICU facilities, ventilator support and functioning in all state hospitals.
The minister also asked the citizens to take the COVID vaccine immediately. He stated that the government will ask the center to supply more vaccines.
The state government has warned all districts to be cautious in view of the rise in cases. During the Christmas and New Year celebrations, citizens are advised to follow appropriate anti-COVID behaviour.