Centre rushes High-Level teams to Kerala and Maharashtra for supporting the States in public health interventions for COVID-19 management

high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala and Maharashtra s in instituting public health measures for COVID-19 management

Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has decided to depute two high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala and Maharashtra to collaborate with the State Health Authorities in instituting public health measures for COVID-19 management.

At a time when almost all States/Union Territories are showing a declining trend in the number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19, Kerala and Maharashtra continue to report a large number of cases. At present, these two States alone are contributing to almost 70% of active COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Central team to Maharashtra comprises experts drawn from National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi. The Kerala team shall comprise of senior officials from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare along with experts from the Regional Office of Health & Family Welfare, Thiruvananthapuram, and Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi.

The teams shall work closely with the State Health Departments, take stock of the on-ground situation, and recommend necessary public health interventions to contain the large number of cases being reported by these States.