Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a high-level meeting on Kovid’s condition and vaccination. Modi reviewed the increased capacity of beds and other facilities for the care of coronated children under the “Covid Emergency Response Package II”. States have also been advised to restructure and direct primary care and block level health infrastructure in rural areas.
At the district level, buffer stock is being maintained for Covid-19 as well as drugs used for the management of mucomycosis. There are some countries around the world where the number of active covid patients is still high. In India, too, statistics from states like Maharashtra and Kerala show that there can be no room for complacency, the meeting said.
However, the weekly rate of infection was less than 3% for the 10th consecutive week. Modi underlined the need to accelerate the entire ecosystem to increase the availability of oxygen, including oxygen cylinders and PSA plants. Efforts are underway to install 961 liquid medical oxygen storage tanks and 1,450 medical gas pipeline systems, with the aim of supporting at least one such unit in each district. The ambulance network is also being expanded to ensure at least one ambulance per block.
Modi reviewed the condition of PSA oxygen plants across the country and said that about one lakh oxygen concentrators and three lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed to the states. A statement on vaccines states that about 58 per cent of India’s adult population has received the first dose and about 18 per cent of the population has received both doses.
Modi underlined the need to ensure adequate testing across the country and spoke about the support being given to 433 districts to set up RT-PCR lab facilities in public health facilities.
The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Principal Scientific Adviser, Health Secretary, Member (Health) Policy Commission and other key officials.