DCs trained on 'containment strategy' through video conference
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba Sunday asked all states and union territories to formulate a "containment plan" as a part of their strategy to deal with the spread of coronavirus and its effective implementation on ground to avoid reaching a stage of community transmission.
The cabinet secretary was interacting with the chief secretaries of all states and union territories and other concerned senior officers through video conference.
Discussing the evolving situation due to the spread of coronavirus in India, the cabinet secretary emphasized the states and union territories to prepare a "containment plan" keeping in view the situation in their respective states so that the measures are taken in time to fight COVID-19.
It is a time for taking our preparations to next level and lockdown period provides us all a window of opportunity to act positively and make ourselves ready to face any kind of eventuality, the cabinet secretary said.
He lauded the efforts of the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) in managing the situation and asked them to undertake containment activities in their respective districts.
He emphasised on meticulous planning and implementation of "containment plan" to minimise the spread of the virus.
He directed for aggressive tracing, testing exercise and putting people in isolation and quarantine to control the further spread in the communities.
Our priority should be saving lives of people and that can be done only if we implement the action plan seriously, the cabinet secretary said.
He asked the DCs to adopt good practices being implemented by other DCs to fight COVID-19 in their respective areas.
The cabinet secretary said that next few days would be very important for all and that there was a need to sustain containment efforts and utilise all available resources as per the requirement.
The District Surveillance Teams and Rapid Response Teams should be fully alert and functional to ensure that every suspect is traced and tested without any loss of time, he said.
The cabinet secretary asked the states and union territories to closely monitor the health of coronavirus patients as per the health protocol to minimise mortality due to the deadly virus.
Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), GoI organised an ‘orientation-cum-training session on containment strategy’ through video conference.
The initiative was taken to share with the states and union territories, especially the DCs of high case load districts, and the measures and steps they need to take for having strong containment strategy besides, making preparations with regard to hospitals and healthcare system.
On the occasion, discussion were held on strategic interventions required for effective "containment plan", impact of social distancing, micro plan activities, role and responsibilities of DCs and field staff deployed under the containment plan.
The DCs also shared the work done in their respective districts for containment, prevention, and management of the coronavirus.
The cabinet secretary asked the DCs to take lead and implement the action plan on ground with the support of health and other field staff.
Every district must be prepared with regard to provision of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and other necessary logistics required for fighting the virus, the cabinet secretary said.
He said every support was being provided by the Government of India and assured the states and union territories for any kind of help they need in dealing with the coronavirus.
Advisor to Prime Minister, Amarjeet Sinha; Secretary Health, Preeti Sudan; Environment Secretary, CK Mishra and other secretaries of the concerned ministries attended the meeting.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subhramanyam; Financial Commissioner, Health, Atal Dulloo; Principal Secretary, HUDD, Dheeraj Gupta; Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjiv Verma; MD, JPDCL, Yasha Mudgal; Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sushma Chauhan; SSP, Jammu, Sridhar Patil; MD NHM, Bhupinder Kumar, and Municipal Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Avny Lavasa attended the meeting.