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COVID-19: Union Health Ministry deputes high level Central team to Manipur

COVID-19: Union Health Ministry deputes high level Central team to Manipur

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NEW DELHI: With the surge in the daily new cases and the spike in the daily fatalities in UT of Delhi due to the COVID-19, the spillover effect is being observed in the NCR regions within the states of Haryana and Rajasthan, where the number of COVID positive patients is on the rise. Therefore, the Union Health Ministry is deputing high-level Central teams to states where the perceived threat from the virus is again starting to rise. A team of experts will also be sent to Northeast India's Manipur.

Dr L Swasticharan, Addl DDG, DHGS is heading the Manipur team. Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS New Delhi is leading the three-member team bound for Harayana and Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog is heading the Rajasthan team whereas Dr S K Singh, Director (NCDC) will be leading the Gujarat team.

The teams will visit the districts reporting high number of COVID cases and support the State efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.

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The Central teams shall also guide officials in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up.

The Union Government has been leading the fight against the global pandemic with a ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole of Society’ approach under the umbrella strategy of ‘Cooperative Federalism’.

As an ongoing effort to strengthen efforts of various State/UT Governments for COVID management, the Central Government has been deputing Central teams from time to time to visit various States/UTs.

These teams interact with the State/UT authorities and get a first hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any.

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