Nationwide drill on December 27 to assess Covid preparedness | India News


NEW DELHI: A nationwide simulation will be held on December 27 to assess the emergency response to manage Covid-19 cases, the government said on Friday, adding that both public and private hospitals involved in Covid management will participate.
The decision to hold a drill comes a day after the prime minister’s review meeting on the Covid situation, where he advised states to inspect specific Covid facilities to ensure operational readiness of hospital infrastructure, including oxygen cylinders, oxygen generation plants, ventilators and human resources. .

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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a meeting of health ministers of all states and advised them to be alert and ready for the management of Covid-19. The issue of the drill was also discussed in the meeting and, according to sources in the ministry, they assured the minister that all the states will carry out the exercise.

In this simulation, doctors and nurses stationed in outpatient clinics will perform a physical examination on patients with respiratory symptoms wearing PPE. Emergency and ICU facilities will operate at full capacity. An assessment will be conducted to assess the operational readiness of PPE, oxygen supplies, monitors, defibrillators and ventilators. “If there is a capacity, it will be corrected so that we are not caught unawares in the event of a crisis situation,” the officials said.

The cases of Covid in India are lower. However, officials said, several countries, especially China, are assessing the operational readiness of their health infrastructure as they see a steady rise in Covid-19 cases.
It is maintained by immunologists omicron and its sub-variants, previously detected in India, are driving the rise in cases in several countries. “There are no new variants of concern that have been identified recently. However, we cannot be complacent. All states have been advised to improve surveillance in hospitals and communities to identify new clusters or flu-like illnesses, if any. They have also been asked to increase testing and take precautionary doses. to encourage. Currently, only 27% of the country’s adult population has received booster doses,” said a Health Ministry official.

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