Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a meeting to review the public health response amid the current Covid-19 situation in the country. In the meeting he directed to help the states in ramping up their healthcare infrastructure.
During the meeting he also reviewed the progress of vaccine production and the blueprint for scaling up the production in next few months. The officials who were present in the meeting told the prime minister that total of 17.7 crore vaccine doses have been supplied to states so far.
Taking the vaccine wastage in the states he also asked states that the vaccination should not slow down. “Citizens should be facilitated for vaccination despite lockdowns and healthcare workers involved in vaccination must not be diverted for other duties,” said a statement from the meeting.
The officials also told that about 31% of eligible population above the age of 45 have been administered their first dose of vaccine.
Apart from vaccines PM Modi also reviewed the availability of medicines. The officials said that efforts are being to increase the production of medicines like Remdesivir. “The need to ensure quick and holistic containment measures were also discussed. The Prime Minister noted that an advisory was sent to the states to identify districts of concern where case positivity is 10 per cent or more and bed occupancy is more than 60 per cent on either oxygen supported or ICU beds,” another statement from the meeting read.
The top leaders who were present in the review meeting included Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajnath Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Amit Shah among others. The meeting held through video conferencing.
India on Thursday reported a daily high spike of 4,12,262 fresh Covid-19 cases with 3,980 fatalities. This daily spike took the total caseload of the country to 2,10,77,410 and the death toll to 2,30,168.