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States advised to strengthen surveillance system; ramp up testing and ensure readiness of hospital infrastructure

New Delhi:23/12/22: Amid the surge of COVID-19 in China and some other countries, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today asked the states to follow the ‘test, track, treat and vaccinate’ strategy and the public to follow Covid appropriate behaviour.

In a meeting with the state health ministers to ascertain the Covid situation, Mandaviya asked them to step up testing, boost surveillance and ensure the readiness of hospital infrastructure.

Mandaviya also asked the states to be alert and said that the Centre and states have to work in a collaborative spirit as was done during the previous Covid waves.

Keeping in mind the upcoming festive season, the Health Ministry asked the states and UTs to ensure wearing masks, maintaining hand hygiene and physical distancing.

The ministry also directed the states to keep a track of influenza and flu-like symptoms to detect the early rise in Covid trends. The Union Health Minister also asked the states to send positive samples for genome sequencing. The states have also been asked to take stock of the hospital infrastructure and logistical requirements.

The ministry also said the Covid vaccine effort has to be stepped up by creating more awareness campaigns.

The Union health ministry has asked the civil aviation ministry to ensure random post-arrival Covid testing at airports of 2 per cent of the passengers arriving in India on each international flight from Saturday to minimise the risk of ingress of any new variant of the coronavirus in the country.

With random coronavirus testing of international arriving passengers set to start on Saturday, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has said that airlines’ crew members will have to bring such identified passengers to the testing facility at the airport.

Against the backdrop of rising coronavirus cases in China and some other parts of the world, the government has decided to subject 2 per cent of the passengers arriving on international flights to random coronavirus tests starting from Saturday morning.

In a communication on Friday, the ministry said that airlines are required to direct their crew members to lead and bring identified 2 per cent of international arriving passengers to the testing facility at the airport.

“The airport operators would create the necessary infrastructure to facilitate random testing of international arriving passengers at their respective airports,” the communication said.

The communication has been sent to the aviation regulator DGCA and copies have been marked to all scheduled commercial airlines, and airport operators as well as to states and Union Territories (UTs), among others.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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