The Centre has rushed 50 high level multidisciplinary public health teams to 50 districts across Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab in view of the recent spike in the numbers of daily new COVID-19 cases and daily mortality being consistently reported by these States. The teams are being rushed to 30 districts of Maharashtra, 11 districts of Chhattisgarh and 9 districts of Punjab to assist the State Health Department and local authorities in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.
The two-member high level team consists of a clinician or epidemiologist and a public health expert. The teams will visit the States immediately and monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations, availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen and COVID-19 vaccination progress.
Three senior officers from Govt of India have been appointed as nodal officers for the three states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab. Additional Secretary in the Textile Ministry Vijoy Kumar Singh is the nodal officer for Punjab. Additional Secretary in Ministry of Environment Richa Sharma is the nodal officer for Chhattisgarh and Joint Secretary in Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs Kunak Kumar is the nodal officer for Maharashtra. The high level teams will report to and coordinate with the nodal officers for the three States.
The Centre has been leading the fight against the global pandemic with a Whole of Government and Whole of Society approach under the umbrella strategy of Cooperative Federalism. As an ongoing effort to strengthen efforts of various State and UTs Governments for COVID management, the Central Government has been deputing Central teams from time to time to visit various States and UTs.