Prime Minister’s Office:
PM Narendra Modi took a comprehensive review to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country.
Inputs from ministries like Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc were also shared with the PM. PM stressed that it is important to ensure synergy across ministries & state governments.
PM Modi also took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan).
An overview of district level situation in these states was presented to the PM.
PM was informed that the Centre and States are in regular contact and estimates for projected demand have been shared with states as on 20th April, 25th April & 30th April.
Accordingly, 4,880 MT, 5,619 MT and 6,593 MT have been allocated to these 12 states for meeting their projected demand as on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April, respectively.
PM was briefed about production capacity in the country to meet the rising demand. PM suggested to increase oxygen production as per capacity of each plant. It was discussed that surplus stocks of oxygen supply in steel plants are being offered from medical use.
PM urged officials to ensure seamless and free movement of tankers carrying oxygen throughout the country. The Government has exempted all interstate movement of oxygen tankers from registration of permits to enable easier movement.
PM was informed that States and transporters have been asked to ensure tankers move round the clock with drivers working in shifts to ensure faster turnaround and adequate capacity to meet the surge in demand.
Cylinder filling plants will also be permitted 24 hour working with necessary safeguards. The Government is allowing Industrial cylinders to be used for medical oxygen after due purging.
Similarly nitrogen and argon tankers will be automatically allowed to be converted to oxygen tankers to overcome the potential shortage of tankers.
Officers also briefed the PM about the efforts being made to import medical grade oxygen.
Dr Harsh Vardhan – Union Health Minister:
RTPCR Tests being used in India DON’T miss UK, Brazil, SA & Double Mutant coronavirus variants
Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium has reaffirmed the fact having processed 13,000+ samples for Genome Sequencing
It has been regularly sharing data on variants with States
Ministry of Science & Technology via PIB India:
Under Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 Mission COVID Suraksha was announced by the Government of India, to accelerate the development and production of Indigenous COVID Vaccines. This is being implemented by Department of Biotechnology Govt. of India.
Under the Mission the Department of Biotechnology Govt of India is providing financial support as Grant to vaccine manufacturing facilities for enhanced production capacities. The current production capacity of indigenously developed Covaxin vaccine will be
doubled by May-June 2021 and then
increased nearly 6-7 fold by July – August 2021
i.e increasing the production from 1 crore vaccine doses in April, 2021 to 6-7 crore vaccine dose/month in July – August.
It is expected to reach nearly 10 crore doses per month by Sep 2021.
Few weeks back, Inter-ministerial teams had visited the sites of 2 main vaccine manufacturers in India to get their inputs on how production can be ramped up.
In this period, there have been extensive reviews and feasibility studies on the plans being discussed with vaccine manufacturers.
As a part this augmentation plan, capacities of Bharat Biotech Limited, Hyderabad as well as other public sector manufactures are being upgraded with required infrastructure and technology.
Financial support is being provided as grant from GoI to the tune of appx Rs 65 Cr to Bharat Biotech’s new Bangalore facility which is being repurposed to increase the capacity of vaccine production.
3 public sectors companies are also being supported to increase the capacity of vaccine production.
· Haffkine Biopharmaceutical Corporation Ltd, Mumbai –a State PSE under State Govt of Maharashtra.
Financial support as grant from GoI to the tune of appx Rs 65 Cr will be provided for this facility to be made ready for manufacturing.
The Haffkine Biopharmaceuticals Ltd had asked for around 12 months to complete this task. However, the Central government has asked them to expedite and complete the task urgently within 6 months.
The facility will have a capacity of 20 million dozes per month, once functional.
· Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), Hyderabad –A facility under National Dairy Development Board and Bharat Immunologicals and Biologicals Limited (BIBCOL) , Bulandshahr a CPSE under Department of Biotechnology ,Govt of India will also be supported to prepare their facility to provide 10-15 million dozes per month by Aug – Sep 2021.
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
Central minister Mr V Muraleedharan is reported to have described CM, Kerala as a “Covidiot”. Shocking
Is there no one in the BJP’s leadership who will reprimand the minister for using unacceptable language?
I suppose when the PM uses a cat-call jibe like ‘Didi-o-Didi’, anything goes
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
Many State and Union Territories across the country have been reporting a surge since the past few weeks in the cases and deaths caused by COVID-19.
The Union Government has been leading the fight against COVID-19 with a ‘Whole of Government” approach through a collaborative strategy of proactively supporting the States in COVID management and public health response measures.
As part of this response, several ministries of the Government of India, Empowered Groups, and the Union of Secretaries are working in tandem to manage the situation effectively and to provide all required support to the States/UTs.
A significant measure to substantially augment the hospital infrastructure for effective clinical management of severe COVID-19 patients across the country, the Union Health Ministry has advised all central Ministries to issue instructions to the hospitals under their control or their PSUs to set-up exclusive dedicated hospital wards or separate blocks within the hospitals for COVID Care, as was done last year.
These Hospitals/Blocks should have separate entry and exit points for the management of COVID19 cases, to provide treatment services including specialised care for the confirmed COVID19 cases.
Additionally, these dedicated hospital wards or blocks have to be equipped to provide all supportive and ancillary services including Oxygen supported beds, ICU beds, ventilators and specialised Critical Care Units (wherever available), laboratory services, imaging services, kitchen, laundry etc., along with dedicated health work force.
In the letter written to the Central Ministries, the Union Health Secretary had reiterated that the present situation of sudden surge in the COVID cases across the country calls for similar supportive action as last year from all such Central Ministries / Departments and their PSUs and the Hospitals under their control.
In order for the public to avail of the required treatment at these hospital wards/blocks, the Central Ministries have been also been advised that details of such dedicated hospital wards/blocks are provided to the public, duly coordinating with the respective health departments of States/UTs and the District Health Administration of the States/Districts wherever these hospitals are located.
It has been suggested that a Nodal Officer may be nominated from the Ministry/Department for necessary coordination with the respective States/UTs for this purpose and their contact details be shared with the respective States/UTs as well as the Union Health Ministry.
Dr Harsh Vardhan – Union Health Minister:
India to receive normal rainfall in 2021
As per Met Department’s 1st stage long range forecast for 2021 South West Monsoon, seasonal rainfall (Jun-Sep) over the country as a whole is likely to be normal at 96 to 104% of Long Period Average.
Starting this year, an advanced, universally accepted ‘Multi-Model Ensemble’ forecasting system which applies a combination of different global climate models is being used.
It provides in-depth & region-specific monsoon forecasts facilitating better micro-level planning.
Visited GTB hospital and reviewed its patient admission system.manish sisodia – dy cm, delhi
Met some of the patients and also interacted with the Doctors.
I would like to thank the medical staff who have been working round the clock and saving people from Corona.
Raghav Chadha – AAP leader:
Inspected the triage and casualty area of Delhi’s biggest COVID facility, LNJP hospital, along with the Medical Director and his team.
Ironing out the kinks with the objective of ensuring ‘hospitality at the hospital’ and to boost ease of admission for patients.
Met with all HODs of LNJP Hospital along with Satyendar Jainmanish sisodia – dy cm delhi
LNJP has been at the forefront in the battle against Corona and the team is on high moral ground to provide best treatments to patients.
Priyanka Gandhi – General Secretary, Congress:
Many Congratulations to INC Meghalaya for winning Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections.
All the best to all the newly elected MDCs, may you serve the people of Garo Hills with honesty and commitment.