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Principal secy to PM reviews COVID-19 response in India, calls for evidence-based preparedness

New Delhi, Sep 12 (PTI) Amid a record surge in coronavirus infections in the country, P K Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, on Saturday called for building on the knowledge and analysis of the pandemic developed over the last few months to work out a detailed action plan for the

coming days.

Reviewing the COVID-19 response in the country, the principal secretary directed all concerned to develop an evidence-based preparedness on all aspects of the disease with the active participation of districts and states for effectiveness, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.

The need to continuously upgrade and augment human resources, get the right mix of testing for effective case management, contact tracing and isolation, uninterrupted oxygen supply and medical equipment, were discussed at length, it said.

The stage of vaccine development and plans for its distribution was discussed at the meeting, which was also attended by Cabinet Secretary, Member, NITI Aayog Dr Vinod Paul, Principal Scientific Adviser K Vijay Raghavan, all empowered action group convenors concerned as well as secretaries of departments concerned.

The review meeting focused on evidence-based learning on the management of cases across districts and states, and emphasised on the need to unlock, work and still follow the non-pharmacological preventive measures.

A presentation by the health secretary on the COVID-19 status in India, ongoing strategic interventions and future challenges highlighted the status of states in terms of case trajectory, testing, fatality and sample positivity mentioning the districts of concern.

‘The health secretary also discussed the eVIN Platform focusing on vaccine supply chain, beneficiary enrolment system and the delivery system once a vaccine is available,’ the statement said.

‘Based on the many…


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