A mock drill will be held on Wednesday across a number of health facilities in several states and Union territories to ensure their readiness to deal with any eventuality related to covid-19, following an advisory by the centre.
The exercise will focus on parameters such as availability of health facilities (covering all districts), capacity of isolation beds, oxygen-supported beds, ICU beds and ventilator -supported beds, and optimal availability of doctors, nurses, paramedics, AYUSH doctors, and other frontline worker.
It will also concentrate on human resource capacity, such as the availability of Advanced and Basic Life Support (ALS/BLS) ambulances, testing equipment and reagents, and essential drugs, among other things.
Referring to the surge in Covid-19 trajectory in many countries around the world, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday emphasised the importance of putting in place necessary public health measures in all states and UTs to meet any exigencies.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said in a letter “Preparedness of Covid-19 health facilities is crucial to ensure that states and districts are in a state of readiness to meet increase in clinical care needs due to any spurt in cases. Bhushan further said follow-up on any gap assessment shall be required to be undertaken by the additional chief secretary, principal secretary, secretary (health) and or MD-NHM of states who will also be required to monitor the exercise personally under the overall guidance of the health minister of respective states.
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday activated the administrative machinery to test Covid preparedness and management, including conduct of mock drills at medical colleges and hospitals across the state, after two fresh cases were reported from Unnao and Agra.
A mock drill will be conducted across all city government hospitals on following the Centre’s directions.