Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a crucial meeting with top officials to review the Covid situation and vaccination status in the country on Saturday. In today’s meeting, the Prime Minister reviewed the preparedness of public health response to COVID-19 relating to medicines, oxygen, ventilators and vaccination. He reiterated that there is no substitute to testing, tracking and treatment.
PM Modi reviews Covid situation with top officials | Big takeaways
- Prime Minister said that together India had defeated Covid last year and India can do it again, with the same principles but faster speed and coordination.
- The PM stressed that there is no substitute to testing, tracking and treatment. Early testing and proper tracking remains key to reduce mortality. He also said that local administrations need to be proactive and sensitive to people’s concerns.
- The Prime Minister directed that close coordination with States must be ensured in handling the pandemic.
- He said that all necessary measures must be taken to ramp up the availability of hospital beds for Covid patients.
- The Prime Minister also directed that additional supply of beds through temporary hospitals and isolation centres should be ensured.
- PM spoke about the need to utilize the full potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to meet the rising demand of various medicines.
- He reviewed the status of supply of Remdesivir and other medicines. The Prime Minister was briefed on actions taken to address the issue of availability of Remdesivir.
- Through the efforts of the Government, capacity and production augmentation for manufacturing of Remdesivir has been ramped up to provide around 74.10 lakh vials/month in May while the normal production output in January-February being just 27-29 lakh vials/month.
- Supplies have also increased from 67,900 vials on 11th April going up to over 2,06,000 vials on 15th April 2021 which are being particularly focused on states with high caseload and high demand.
- He took note of the ramped up production capacity, and directed that issues relating to real-time supply chain management to States must be resolved urgently in coordination with the States.
- The Prime Minister directed that use of Remdesivir and other medicines must be in accordance with approved medical guidelines, and that their misuse and black marketing must be strictly curbed.
- On the issue of supply of medical oxygen, the Prime Minister directed that the installation of approved medical oxygen plants should be sped up.
- 162 PSA Oxygen plants are being installed in 32 States/UTs from PM CARES. The officers informed that 1 lakh cylinders are being procured & they will be supplied to states soon.
- The officers briefed the PM that they are in constant supply with 12 high burden states in assessing the current and future requirement of medical oxygen.
- A supply mapping plan for 12 high burden states till 30th April has also been undertaken. The Prime Minister also said that supply of oxygen required for production of medicines and equipment necessary to handle the pandemic should also be ensured.
- The Prime Minister also reviewed the status of availability & supply of ventilators. The Prime Minister noted that a real-time monitoring system has been created, and directed that concerned State governments should be sensitized to use the system proactively.
- On the issue of vaccination, the Prime Minister directed all officials to make efforts to utilize the entire national capacity, in public as well as private sector, to ramp up vaccine production.
- He was joined by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Union Home Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Pharma Secretary. Dr V K Paul, Niti Aayog was also present.
Present Covid situation in India
States including Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal are among the worst-hit during the current wave of Covid19.
The number of active coronavirus cases in the country has surpassed the 16-lakh mark, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.
Registering a steady increase for the 38th day in a row, the tally of active COVID-19 cases has climbed to 16,79,740 in the country, accounting for 11.
56 per cent of its total caseload, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 87.23 per cent.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has gone up to 1,26,71,220, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.
21 per cent, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, the 30-lakh mark on August 23, the 40-lakh mark on September 5 and the 50-lakh mark on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28 last year, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 26,49,72,022 samples have so far been tested for the viral disease in the country, including 14,95,397 on Friday.