Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya (Image: PTI)
New Delhi: Sources said that amid rising Covid-19 cases in India, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will chair a review meeting with the core team of experts on Thursday.
Sources have also confirmed that the meeting will take place in the afternoon in physical format.
Earlier, on June 13, Mandaviya chaired a meeting through video conferencing with health ministers and senior officials of states and union territories (UTs) to review the progress of the vaccination exercise Harghar Dastak 2.0 campaign.
“Covid is not over yet. There are reports of increasing cases of Kovid in some states. It is important to be vigilant at this time and not forget to follow the proper Covid Practices (CAB) like wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance to prevent the spread of the infection.
Highlighting the increase in case positivity and shortfall in Covid-19 testing in some districts and states, Mandaviya had said that increased and timely testing would lead to early identification of Covid cases and reduce the spread of infection among the community. will help prevent it.
He urged the states and union territories to continue surveillance and focus on genome sequencing to identify new mutants/variants in the country.
He said that the five-pronged strategy of Test, Track, Treat, Vaccinate and Adhere to COVID Appropriate Practices (CAB) needs to be continued and monitored by the States/UTs.
States were also urged to focus on implementing the operational guidelines for the Revised Surveillance Strategy for COVID-19, which focuses on surveillance of incoming international travelers and surveillance through healthcare facilities, laboratories, communities etc.
Emphasizing on the importance of COVID vaccination among vulnerable age groups, he urged the state health ministers to personally review the status and progress of the Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 campaign that started from June 1.
“Let us accelerate our efforts to identify all the beneficiaries in the age group of 12-17 for the first and second doses, so that they can go to schools with the protection of the vaccine,” the health minister had said.
He urged states for focused coverage of 12-17 age groups through targeted coverage of non-school going children during summer vacations through school-based campaigns (government/private/informal schools like madrasas, day care schools). was requested.
He said that the population group above 60 years of age is a vulnerable category and needs to be protected with precautionary doses.
“Our health workers are going door-to-door to ensure that the vulnerable population is given a precautionary dose”, he said.
State health ministers were urged to regularly review the administration of precautionary doses for the age group of 18-59 years with private hospitals.
He said that we can use the lessons learned from the earlier Har Ghar Dastak campaign to achieve 100% coverage among the eligible population to ensure extended protection against COVID.
“Adequate vaccine doses are available across the country. Let us ensure speedy coverage of the vaccination of COVID during the second phase of the Har Ghar Dastak campaign,” he had emphasized.
Meanwhile, India reported 13,313 new Covid-19 infections and 38 deaths in a 24-hour period, according to the Union Health Ministry’s updated data on Thursday.
The latest update pushed the country’s overall Covid-19 tally to 4,33,44,958 cases, 5,24,941 deaths and 83,990 active cases, the data showed.
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