Harsh Vardhan chairs GoM meet, critiques present standing, actions for prevention of coronavirus COVID-19

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New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday (March 25) chaired a GoM assembly to evaluate the scenario within the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak within the nation, the place the variety of novel coronavirus instances rose to 606 with 10 deaths throughout the nation, stated a well being ministry official. 

A high-level assembly of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 held at the moment at Nirman Bhawan underneath the chairpersonship of Health Minister Dr Vardhan. The GoM had an in depth deliberation on the prevention and administration of COVID-19 within the assembly. 

Dr Harsh Vardhan stated, “In order to protect ourselves and others, it is highly important that we follow all the protocols, guidelines and directions issued by the government, failing which may lead to legal actions under Section 188 of the IPC.” 

While assuring that the federal government is making efforts to make sure private protecting tools (PPE) and N-95 masks can be found in ample numbers to assist the medical fraternity of their job, well being ministry officers stated 29 non-public laboratories with over 16,000 pattern assortment centres have been registered thus far for testing of COVID-19.

Dr Harsh Vardhan reiterated his enchantment to all those that are within the home and facility quarantine about observing it in keeping with the protocol laid down by the Health Ministry, and which can be out there on the ministry web site. 

“As announced by Prime Minister yesterday, the country has been put under lockdown. As part of this lockdown, we need to ensure that within our homes too we practice social distancing,” stated Dr. Harsh Vardhan, including that round 64,000 folks have arrived from different international locations to India since March 21 out of which 8,000 have been put in varied quarantine services and 56,000 are in home isolation.

He stated, “We are fighting an infectious disease. In order to protect ourselves and others, it is highly important that we follow all the protocols, guidelines and directions issued by the government, failing which may lead to legal actions under Section 188 of IPC.” 

He additionally reiterated his enchantment to everybody to not ostracise medical doctors and different medical workers who’re on the forefront of this well being emergency and serving to save lots of us from COVID-19, including “We should also avoid spreading rumours or un-authenticated information.” 

A complete of 118 laboratories have been included within the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) community of COVID-19 testing. GoM was additionally apprised that Cabinet Secretary has additionally written letters and performed video convention with Chief Secretaries, Health Secretaries and DGs of Police and instructed them to implement implementation of lockdown measures.

Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Dr S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Nityananda Rai, Minister of State for Home, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping and Chemical and Fertilisers and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare have been current, together with Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff. 

(With Agency Inputs)