Mock drills to check the preparedness of health infrastructure to deal with any unprecedented spike in Covid cases will be held today across India. Health ministers of all the states will take part in the drills.
While, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is set to visit Safdarjung Hospital of Delhi around 9:45 am in the morning to oversee the mock drill.
“Such exercises would help our operational readiness, help in filling gaps if any and will consequently strengthen our public health response,” said the Health Minister during a meeting with doctors from Indian Medical Association (IMA).
The mock drill will assess the proper availability of health facilities in all the districts, capacity of isolation beds, ICU (intensive care unit) beds, ventilator-supported beds and oxygen-supported beds.
Alongside, the drills will also assess the capacity of human resource in terms of Covid-19 management, ventilator management protocol for serious cases and also trainee healthcare professionals in operating medical oxygen plants.
A budget of ₹ 104 crore has been approved by the Delhi government for hospital to keep up a stock of general medicines to deal with any covid emergency.
“The surge in Covid cases globally is a matter of concern for everyone. Delhi hospitals have been asked to prepare well in advance and stay vigilant,” states Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Meanwhile, Karanataka came on front by giving masking orders at theatres ans educational institutions as precautionary steps.
The state even made double dose of vaccination compulsory at restaurants, pubs and bars which are allowed to operate till 1 am on New Year.