Coronavirus in India: The Central Government on Saturday rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in the number of daily new cases of coronavirus being consistently reported by these States.
The high-level teams have been deployed to assist the State Health Departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control, and containment measures.
The high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by Dr P Ravindran, Sr. CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW. While the public health team to Punjab will be led by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.
The teams visit Maharashtra and Punjab immediately and will visit the hotspot areas in the States and ascertain the reasons for the surge in coronavirus cases.
They will also brief the Chief Secretary/Secretary (H) on their observations and remedial measures to be undertaken by the State Health authorities.
The Union Government has been leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in India with a ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole of Society’ approach under the umbrella strategy of ‘Cooperative Federalism’.
As an ongoing effort to strengthen the efforts of various States and UTs, the Central Government has been deputing Central teams from time to time to visit various States/UTs.
These teams interact with the State/UT authorities and get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks if any.
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