NATIONWIDE MOCK DRILL ON COVID-19

  • A mock drill will be held on Tuesday across health facilities in several States and Union Territories to ensure that they are ready to deal with any eventuality related to COVID-19, following an advisory by the Centre.
  • It will focus on parameters such as availability of health facilities (covering all districts), capacity of isolation beds, oxygen-supported beds, ICU beds and ventilator-supported beds, and optimal availability of doctors, nurses, paramedics, AYUSH doctors, and other frontline workers, including ASHA and Anganwadi workers.
  • It will also focus on the human resource capacity in terms of healthcare professionals trained in COVID-19 management, ventilatory management protocol for severe cases, operation of PSA plants and so on and availability of advanced and basic life support (ALS/BLS) ambulances, testing equipment and others.

Operational readiness

  • Referring to the surge in COVID-19 cases in many countries around the world, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday underlined that it was necessary that all States and U.T.s implement necessary public health measures to meet any exigencies.
  • “Preparedness of COVID-19 health facilities is crucial to ensure that States and districts are ready to meet the increase in clinical care needs due to any spurt in cases,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter.
  • “The objective of this exercise is to ensure operational readiness of these health facilities for management of COVID-19,” he said. Mr. Bhushan further said follow-up on any gap assessment shall be required to be undertaken by the Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Secretary (Health) and MD-NHM of States who will be required to monitor the exercise personally under the guidance of the Health Minister of respective States.
  • Delhi government officials on Monday began visiting all government hospitals in the city to ascertain their preparedness to deal with any eventuality, authorities said.
  • “An inventory of beds, liquid medical oxygen, ventilators and other equipment is being prepared. It will be ready by Monday evening,” East Delhi District Magistrate Anil Banka said.
  • India saw a single-day rise of 196 new coronavirus infections, while active cases marginally increased to 3,428, according to Union Health Ministry data.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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