In view of the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases, central government teams deployed in 50 districts in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab have reported flaws in their methods to curb the raging epidemic that is witnessing a second wave in the country.
The teams have highlighted issues such as lack of RT-PCR testing facilities in some states and lack of Kovid prevention measures and health workers among others in these states.
According to a statement by high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams, in Maharashtra, the control functions in Satara, Sangli and Aurangabad were found to be sub-optimal with lack of satisfactory perimeter control and active monitoring.
He also said that test capacity is already overwhelmed in many districts in the state, resulting in delayed reporting of test results. Following the proper practice of COVID-19, almost all the central teams visiting the districts were found to be deficient.
The teams visited 30 districts in Maharashtra – which, according to the Ministry of Health alone, constituted 48.57 per cent of the country’s total active caseloads.
In Punjab, the teams, in their review of the nine districts to which they were sent, reported low rates of testing, lack of Kovid care centers and lack of dedicated hospital and healthcare staff.
The teams also pointed out the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccination in Patiala and Ludhiana. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that there is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the state and this came just a day after urging the Center to expedite the supply.
Teams have reported lack of perimeter control in the control area in several districts of Chhattisgarh. He also reported incidents of attacks on health workers and resistance to prevention activities in some districts.
The report of Chhattisgarh is one of the five states of Chhattisgarh, stating that the team’s activities and resistance to trials (even on attacks) were reported from Dhanaulti village, Raipur. For 70.82 percent of India’s active COVID-19 cases.
The Ministry of Health has written to the respective states about the response from the central teams.
These teams are presenting daily reports on five aspects, including testing, contact tracing, hospital infrastructure, implementing Kovid’s appropriate behavior, and vaccination.
The Center has been periodically drawing teams to visit various States and Union Territories as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen COVID-19 management efforts.
The country recorded 1,52,879 cases in the last 24 hours, setting a more serious one-day record as the country’s Kovid tally reached more than 1.33 crore cases. With 839 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll rose to 1.69 lakh.