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Centre sends teams to 6 states for corona control, containment steps

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New Delhi, July 2 (MNN) The Indian government on Friday sent multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Manipur, which are reporting high number of COVID-19 cases, on order to help them control infections.

These teams will interact with the state authorities and get first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any.

The team to Manipur will be led by Dr L Swasticharan, Additional DDG and Director EMR; team to Arunachal Pradesh will be led by Dr Sanjay Sadhukhan, Professor at All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH); for Tripura Dr RN Sinha, Director Professor, AIIH&PH; for Kerala Dr Ruchi Jain, Public Health Specialist, RoHFW; for Odisha Dr A Dan, Public Health Specialist AIIH&PH; and for Chhattisgarh Dr Dibakar Sahu, Assistant Professor, AIIMS Raipur.

The teams will be supporting the states in their efforts for targeted COVID response and management, and effectively tackling the pandemic.

The two-member teams to these states consists of a clinician and a public health expert.

The teams will monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations; COVID appropriate behaviour and its enforcement; availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc, and COVID-19 vaccination progress. The teams will monitor the situation and also suggest remedial actions.

The central teams will assess the situation and suggest remedial actions on public health activities to the respective state governments. The copies of their reports will also be provided to the Health Ministry.

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