Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the country’s COVID-19 response activities.
Chairing a joint meeting of empowered Groups, he took stock of the availability of hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities as well as the country’s situation on disease surveillance, testing, and critical care training.
The Prime Minister directed officials to ensure sufficient production, procurement, and availability of essential medical equipment like PPEs, masks, gloves, and ventilators.
The Home Ministry on March 29 constituted 11 Empowered groups to tackle the COVID19 crisis under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
These groups are involved in ensuring the availability of medical equipment, facilitating supply of necessary items like food and medicines, medical emergency management, availability of hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities by identifying problem areas and formulating strategies to tackle the crisis.
Nine of the groups are headed by Secretary level officers, one by a NITI Aayog member and one by the NITI Aayog CEO.
Prime Minister Modi will also video-conference with leaders of various political parties on April 8 at 11am. He is expected to inform the leaders about government’s approach to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.