New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to assess the preparedness of health infrastructure and logistics and the emergence of new Covid-19 variants.
This high-level review meeting comes in the backdrop of spike in COVID19 cases in some countries.
A comprehensive presentation was made regarding the global Covid-19 situation including the rising cases in countries by secretary, Health and member, NITI Aayog.
The PM was briefed that India has been witnessing a steady decline in cases with average daily cases falling to 153 and weekly positivity down to 0.14% in the week ending 22nd Dec, 2022.
However, 5.9 lakh daily average cases have been reported globally since the last 6 weeks.
Modi cautioned against complacency and advised strict vigil. He reiterated that Covid is not over yet and directed officials to strengthen the ongoing surveillance measures, especially at the international airports.
The PM stressed the need to ensure that the entire Covid infrastructure at all levels is maintained at a high level of preparedness in terms of equipment, processes and human resources.
He advised states to audit Covid specific facilities to ensure operational readiness of hospital infrastructure, including Oxygen cylinders, PSA plants, ventilators and human resources.
The PM directed officials to ramp up testing and also genomic sequencing efforts. States have been asked to share a larger number of samples with the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories (lGSLs) for Genome Sequencing on a daily basis.
It will support timely detection of newer variants, if any, circulating in the country and facilitate undertaking requisite public health measures.
Modi also urged everyone to follow Covid appropriate behaviour at all times, especially in view of the upcoming festive season, including wearing masks in crowded public places.
The meeting was attended by home minister Amit Shah, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya and many other senior ministers and officials.