New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country. Not only this he rushed central teams to states most affected by the deadly infection. He also directed officials to carry out a special campaign for COVID appropriate behavior from April 6.
PM Modi took a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19-related issues and vaccination in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by all senior officers, including Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, and Health Secretary Dr Vinod Paul.
After the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirmed that central teams consisting of public health specialists and clinicians are being sent to Maharashtra in view of high caseload and deaths, and likewise to Punjab and Chhattisgarh because of the disproportionate number of deaths being reported there.Talking about the awareness campaign against coronavirus, the PMO stated, “A special campaign for Covid-appropriate behaviour with emphasis on 100% mask usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places/workplaces and health facilities will be organised from April 6 to April 14, 2021.
During the meet, Prime Minister especially highlighted the need to ensure effective implementation of containment measures, besides the involvement of community volunteers in active case search and management of containment zones.
He mentioned that the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour and Vaccination if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment would be effective in curbing the spread of the Pandemic.
Although the exact contribution of mutant strains to the escalation of cases in some states remains speculative, the measures to control the pandemic remain the same and hence implementation of various protocols for COVID-19 management are all the more critical in those areas.