March 23, 2023

Ramp up vaccine coverage: Centre to poll-bound states | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid rising Omicron infected Covid-19 cases in the country, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya asked states to make all possible efforts to scale up health infrastructure so that India can combat the surge. Besides, states were also advised to prepare a weekly plan to expand vaccination coverage, particularly in the five poll-bound states of Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur.
In a high-level meeting with states on Sunday, Mandaviya asked states to leave no stone unturned in ramping up infrastructure to manage a surge, the health ministry said in a statement.
Underlining the new Omicron variant is highly transmissible and many countries are witnessing a surge three to four times higher than their earlier peaks, Mandaviya warned states that a major surge in cases can overwhelm the medical system, asking them to be prepared and re-energise teams at the ground level for effective containment measures.
The Centre has also decided to hold a series of webinars from January 5 to 19 on various aspects of clinical management of Covid cases in collaboration with AIIMS, Delhi. In a letter to states and UTs, health secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked all state-level Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and doctors in public and private district-level Covid-19 health facilities to attend these webinars.

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