PM Modi Chairs High-Level Meeting To Review COVID-19 Situation And Vaccination

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (10 September) reviewed the present Covid situation across the country, and was briefed about the preparedness of the health system, availability of medical oxygen, and matters relating to production, supply, and distribution of Covid-19 vaccine.

He was also apprised of the concentration of cases in a few geographies, the districts with high test positivity, as well as the week on week test positivity rate.

PM Modi also spoke about the need for constant genome sequencing to monitor emergence of mutants. He was informed that INSACOG, consisting of 28 labs distributed across the country, is also linked with a hospital network for clinical correlation. Sewage sampling is also being done for genomic surveillance.

PM Modi was informed that states have been requested to share COVID positive samples with INSACOG regularly, said a PMO statement on Friday (10 September).

He reviewed the status of augmentation of bed capacity for paediatric care and facilities supported under ‘COVID Emergency Response Package II’, and was also informed that states have been advised to redesign and orient primary care and block level health infrastructure in rural areas to manage the situation.

States are also being asked to maintain a buffer stock for drugs used in management of Covid-19, Mucormycosis, MIS-C at the district level, PM Modi was told.

PM Modi was briefed about the increase in isolation beds, oxygen beds, ICU beds and paediatric ICUs and pediatric ventilators, and that a significant number of ICU beds and Oxygen beds will be further added in the coming months.

He also spoke about the need to ensure adequate testing across the country and was informed about the support being given to 433 districts to establish RT-PCR lab facility in public health facilities.

PM Modi said that the entire ecosystem to ensure increased oxygen availability, including oxygen concentrators, cylinders and PSA plants, need to be rapidly augmented.

He was told that around 1 lakh oxygen concentrators and 3 lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed to the states, and efforts are also on to install 961 LMO storage tanks and 1,450 Medical Gas Pipeline Systems with an aim to support at least one such unit per district.

The ambulance network is also being augmented to ensure at least one ambulance per block.

He was apprised that around 58 per cent of India’s adult population has received the first dose and around 18 per cent both doses.

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