The Centre has rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab, in view of the increase in number of daily COVID-19 cases being reported by these states, PTI reported.
The Union Health Ministry has said the teams are being deployed to assist State Health Departments in coronavirus surveillance, control, and containment measures.
According to the ministry data, there are 6,661 active coronavirus cases in Punjab and 90,055 cases in Maharashtra.
According to the PTI report, the high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by P Ravindran, Sr CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MoHFW. The Punjab-bound public health team will be led by S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.
The teams will visit the (COVID-19) hotspot areas in the states and ascertain reasons for the surge in cases, the ministry said.
They will also brief chief secretary/secretary (health) on their observations and remedial measures to be undertaken by the respective state health authorities.
As ongoing efforts to strengthen the initiatives of various state and Union territory (UT) governments for COVID management, the government has been deputing central teams from time to time to visit various states/UTs.
The PTI report added, these teams interact with the state and UT authorities and get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them, so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any. The reports of central teams are shared with the states for further follow up action, it added.
(With inputs from PTI)