Cabinet Secretary reviews preparedness to deal with Coronavirus
Jammu, Jan 30:
Cabinet Secretary, Rajesh Gauba today held Video-Conference with Chief
Secretaries and Health Secretaries of States/UTs to review their preparedness
to deal with the novel Coronavirus amid mounting global concern over increasing
number of cases in China. The meeting was co-chaired by the Health Secretary,
Foreign Secretary and other senior functionaries of Government of India.
Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo along with concerned
officers of Health Department attended the meeting on behalf of Government of
Jammu and Kashmir.
while interacting with Chief Secretaries/Health secretaries of the states/UTs
sought details from them with regard to the level of preparedness they have
made for prevention and management of the disease.
have been asked to follow the guidelines issued by Union Health Ministry
including surveillance and contact tracing, surveillance at entry points,
sample collection, packaging and transport, clinical management protocol and
infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities.
asked for setting up of control rooms, appointing a nodal officer and giving
due publicity to the helpline number as already advised by the Health Ministry.
States/UTs have been asked to disseminate need for putting travellers in home
isolation at least for 14 days those who have history of travel to China
especially Wuhan after January 15 so that these persons do not get mixed with
the general population. Also, samples from of all such persons need to be
collected and sent for testing at the designated laboratories, a list of which
has been circulated by the Health Ministry.
have been asked to review their preparedness on daily basis, identify gaps and
strengthen hospital preparedness by having isolation and critical care
facilities, linkages with VRDL network laboratories and adherence to infection
prevention and control guidelines. The Health Secretaries were advised to make
ready isolation wards at the major hospitals with all necessary support
required for its operations.
advised the State/UT Governments to review their preparations after every 2
days so that any gap if found is covered in time. He also asked them to be in
regular touch with Union Health Ministry for any support and assistance.
presentation was made by the Health Ministry briefing about the steps that have
been taken by Government of India and further what needs to be done by State/UT
It was informed
that screening of passengers has been initiated at 21 Airports having
international flights, international seaports and border crossings with Nepal.
NIV Pune is working as nodal laboratory while as testing of samples has been
initiated in 10 other labs in the country including Kerala, Mumbai, Delhi,
Nagpur, Secunderabad, Bengalore, Lucknow, Jaipur, Chennai and Kolkata.The
Health Ministry has also opened up a Control Room which is operating 24X7 at
State Level / Divisional Level/District Level control rooms along with Nodal
Officers have been made functional in Jammu and Kashmir and medical teams have
been deployed at both the Airports in Jammu and Srinagar along with other
logistical arrangements at the health care facilities. Advisories have been
issued to persons who have travel history to China or South Asia to report to
the nearest health care facility in case of any symptoms. Isolation facilities
have been identified in Divisional as well as the District Level and RRTs
(Rapid Response Teams) have been nominated to face any eventuality. Coordinated efforts has been formulated
between the various Central Agencies and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.