Amid Omicron scare, Centre to deploy multi-disciplinary teams in 10 states including Punjab

By Rajan Nath -- December 25, 2021 2:07 pm -- Updated:December 26, 2021 10:58 am

Amid the Omicron scare and surge in cases in various parts of India, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that multi-disciplinary Central teams would be deployed in ten identified states including Punjab.

"A decision has been taken to deploy multi-disciplinary Central teams to 10 identified States some of which are either reporting an increasing number of Omicron and COVID-19 cases or slow vaccination pace," says Union Health Ministry in an official statement.

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In the wake of growing concerns over the Omicron variant in India, the multi-disciplinary Central teams are to be deployed in Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Punjab.

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These teams will be stationed in the states for three to five days and will work along with the State Health Authorities.

As per the Ministry, these teams will specifically look at areas of contact tracing, including surveillance, containment operations, and Covid-19 testing including sending of adequate samples from clusters to the INSACOG network for genome sequencing.

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The teams will also be responsible for the enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behaviors, availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc, and COVID-19 vaccination progress in the states.

"The State level central teams will assess the situation, suggest remedial actions and submit a report every evening by 7 PM on the public health activities being undertaken to both the Central and state government," the statement further read.

Meanwhile, as per the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 7,189 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the nationwide case tally of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has reached 415.

-PTC News

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