Center Rushes High-Level Team To Maharashtra, Punjab To Help Covid-19: The Central Government has rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increasing number of new cases of COVID-19 reported by these States on a daily basis. They are being deployed to assist the State Health Departments with surveillance, control and containment measures for COVID-19.
The Maharashtra High Level Team will be led by Dr. P Ravindran, Sr. CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW. While the Punjab Public Health Team will be led by Dr. S K Singh, Director of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.
Teams will immediately visit the States and visit the hotspot areas in the States to find the reasons for the surge. The Chief Secretary/Secretary (H) will also be briefed on their observations and remedial action to be taken by the State Health Authorities.
The Union Government has been leading the fight against the Covid Pandemic with a ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole of Society’ approach under the ‘Cooperative Federalism’ umbrella strategy. As an ongoing effort to strengthen the efforts of the various State/UT Governments to manage COVID, the Central Government has from time to time been deputising for the Central Teams to visit the various States/UTs.
These teams interact with the state/UT authorities and gain a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues they face in order to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any. The reports of the Central Teams are shared with the States for further follow-up action. The monitoring and compliance of Member States shall be monitored by the Ministry of Health of the Union.