A mock drill to test the covid emergency preparedness would be conducted in hospitals across the country on Tuesday, 27th December. An official said that “A mock drill for an emergency response to deal with Covid 9 cases will be conducted at hospitals across the country on Tuesday, 27th December, the union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya will also be participating in the mock drill.”
The mock drill is being conducted amid fear of a covid surge in the nation in the wake of a spurt of covid cases reported in China and other countries. In India, the union Ministry has started implementing several proactive steps in this direction.
The Union Ministry of Health advised States on December 20 to significantly raise genome sequencing. A high level- meeting was conducted by the Union Health Minister on December 21 to review the covid-19 situations and preparedness of the public health system for surveillance containment and management of covid-19.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi also held a high-level meeting to review status and preparedness and guided on cautious against complacency, advised maintaining strict vigil and emphasised the need for strengthened Surveillance with a focus on Genome Sequencing and increased testing.
During the high-level meeting, States were advised to ensure the operational readiness of Hospital infrastructure , and adherence to covid appropriate behaviour including wearing of mask.