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    Central team deployed in Assam for COVID-19 management

    The teams will assist the state government in dealing with testing bottlenecks, potential bed shortages and sudden spike in active cases

    Guwahati: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has deployed high level multi-disciplinary Central teams in Assam as the state has been witnessing high COVID 19 case load and high spurt of cases.

    The Centre has deployed the teams to assist the State governments by providing technical support for containment and facilitate management of COVID-19 outbreak.

    An official statement from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday said that the three-member team was composed of two public health experts or epidemiologists or clinicians and a senior Joint Secretary level nodal officer for administrative handholding.

    “These teams are working in the field and visiting health care facilities to support the State health department in implementation of containment measures and efficient treatment or clinical management of cases within the districts and cities,” the ministry sources said.

     The Ministry said that in order to ensure better coordination, quick action on the ground, adoption of a more granular strategy, it was proposed that these district administrations in the state should regularly remain in touch with central teams through state government.

    The central teams will assist the Assam government in addressing some of the challenges like testing bottlenecks, low tests per million population, high confirmation rates, high testing confirmation rate,  risk of capacity shortfall over the next two months, potential bed shortage, growing case fatality rate, high doubling rate, sudden spike in active cases, etc.

    Many districts have already formalised a dedicated Core Team at the district level comprising of district level medical and administrative officials to coordinate over regular basis with the Central Team.

    Along with Assam, the Centre deployed high level multi-disciplinary Central teams to several other states like of Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha too.

    Assam has recorded 2937 COVID 19 positive cases till the filling of this report with five deaths. On Tuesday, a doctor residing in the city’s Christian Basti area was also reportedly tested positive.


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