People have taken an informal approach to the COVID-19 pandemic which is very dangerous, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday and stressed that appropriate COVID behavior is the greatest tool social to break the chain of transmission.
He made the remarks after visiting the AIIMS trauma center in Delhi to assess the health care infrastructure in light of the rise in COVID-19 cases.
In order to encourage the public to follow the appropriate behavior of COVID (CAB) in the quest for a coronavirus-free environment, the Minister has released statistics that demonstrate the diligence of the general public as well as the hard work of healthcare workers and frontline.
“India has 52 districts without a new case in seven days, 34 districts without a new case in 14 days, four districts without a new case in 21 days and 44 districts without a new case in 28 days,” Vardhan said.
Stating that “we have more experience, knowledge and understanding of the disease compared to last year,” the Minister of Health said the Center is committed to further strengthening the health care infrastructure, from increasing the number of beds, to ensuring an uninterrupted supply of oxygen and therapeutic products, to a basket of vaccines.
During his visit to the AIIMS trauma center, he also assessed the number of beds to be increased at the institute.
“There are currently 266 beds, of which 253 are occupied. Arrangements will be made to increase 70 additional beds at the AIIMS trauma center, ”he said.
Mr Vardhan said 100 more beds will be added at AIIMS Jhajjar campus
He also organized a detailed review meeting on the availability of oxygen beds / beds in the general services / ICU with the heads of the different departments engaged in the treatment of COVID and non-COVID medical conditions, taking note of the difficulties encountered by them. and their colleagues in the performance of their current duties.
He said he would visit various health facilities over the next few days to assess and further expand the facilities.
In response to a question about the alleged shortage of the antiviral drug Remdesivir in the country, Mr Vardhan said manufacturers have been urged to increase production of the drug.
Law enforcement authorities have been urged to take tough action against those who engage in black marketing of Remdesivir, he said.
Mr Vardhan will also hold a review meeting with health ministers from states reporting high numbers of COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
Praising the contributions of the Corona Warriors, he observed that with the fundamentals of viral disease known, the task at hand would be relatively easy.
“I am happy to know that our warriors are not only aware, but also concerned about the current situation. It’s not like we haven’t faced the problems in 2020. But, in 2021, we have more experience; more knowledge and understanding of the disease compared to last year, ”he said.
The Minister of Health also underlined the path taken by India to become autonomous in medical equipment.
“I remember our state of April 5, 2020, when we did not have PPE kits, ventilators and N95 masks. We have been unfairly criticized around the world for a perceived lack of health infrastructure. With a significant increase in infrastructure and production capacities, we have conquered the virus when we did not know much about it and we can do it again with our one-year experience, ”he said. note.
On the importance of dealing with non-COVID cases at the time of the pandemic, Mr Vardhan said: “We must not neglect and let their treatment be affected. We are now equipped with all the measures; we simply must think about how to overcome the current unfortunate situation. We need to think about developing new models that can be implemented and replicated in other parts of the country. “
He also visited the patient department of the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center (JPNATC) of AIIMS and interacted with many patients under treatment.
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