Union Cabinet Secretary reviews Covid with Chief Secretary, Govt. of Telangana

Union  Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, today chaired a video conference with Chief Secretaries of all states  to take stock of public health response to the COVID- 19 pandemic and preparations and arrangements for Covid vaccine.

The Cabinet Secretary asked Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories to ensure scrupulous observance of the guidelines relating to surveillance, containment and caution issued by the Union Home Ministry.  He said that currently active cases are less than 4.5 lakh cases and fatalities are also on the declining trend.  He reiterated the need of effective containment strategy and adequate testing facilities for early detection of COVID cases so as to minimise its spread in the community.

Referring to the arrangements and preparations to be made with regard to the Covid vaccine, the Cabinet Secretary urged the Chief Secretaries to review all aspects of Covid vaccine rollout.  He asked them to hold the State steering committee meeting before 6th of December and to ensure that the task force meetings at the State, district and block level are also held.  He emphasized the need to strengthen infrastructure for  cold chains, transportation of vaccine etc and ensure multi sectoral coordination. He also stressed the need to open up transparent communication with public on vaccination of priority groups.

Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary Home Ravi Gupta, Additional DG Jitender, Principal Secretary Political Vikas Raj, Secretary Health and Family Welfare Rizvi and other officials were present in the meeting.

-Press note

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