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PM Modi Chairs High-Level Meeting Amid Rise In COVID, Influenza Cases


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on Wednesday afternoon to review the Covid 19 and Influenza related situation and public health preparedness.

A comprehensive presentation was made covering the global Covid-19 situation including the rising cases in India by the Secretary, of Health, MoHFW.

PM Modi called for enhancing lab surveillance, testing of all severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) cases, and ramping up genome sequencing.

“This will support tracking of newer variants if any, and timely response,” said PM Modi.

He also emphasized taking Covid19 appropriate behaviour including wearing masks in hospital premises, wearing of masks is advisable when senior citizens and those with co-morbidities visit crowded areas.

He directed that effective monitoring of IRI/SARI cases, and testing for influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and Adenovirus be followed up with States.

Further, Prime Minister stressed the need to ensure the availability of required Drugs and Logistics for influenza and Covid-19 across Health Facilities along with the availability of sufficient beds and for health human resources.

He highlighted that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and there is a need to monitor the status across the country on regular basis.

The PM advised to continue focusing on the 5-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and Covid Appropriate Behaviour, enhance Lab Surveillance, and testing of all Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases.

Mock drills should be conducted regularly to ensure that our hospitals are ready for all exigencies. Prime Minister exhorted the community to follow respiratory hygiene & to adhere to Covid appropriate behavior in crowded public places.

This meeting comes in the backdrop of a spike in Influenza cases in the country & rise of Covid-19 cases in the past 2 weeks.

The meeting was attended by PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr. V K Paul, Member (Health) NITI Aayog; Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary; Secretary, Health & Family Welfare; Secretary, Pharmaceuticals and Secretary, Biotechnology; DG, ICMR, Amit Khare, Advisor, PMO along with other senior officials.


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