Government’s COVID-19 preparedness survey highlights two major problems at district and sub-district levels.
These are as follows:
- Poor health infrastructure: It brought to light severe shortage of ventilators, masks, gloves, and medical staff and doctors in district and sub-district hospitals.
- A large number of migrant population
The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances issued a set of posers to District Collectors and IAS Officers (2014-2018 batches) across 410 districts as part of the survey.
Their responses identified the need for enhanced preparedness through the following facts:
|Medical Preparedness Concerns
|%age of Officers who agreed to the concerns asked
|Hospitals were not adequately prepared.
|Non-availability of adequate isolation beds
|Availability of adequate isolation beds
|People are highly aware of COVID-19
|People are taking precautions to cope with COVID-19
|People are handling the lockdown peacefully and in an orderly manner
|People are alarmed and panicking
The survey report was released on Friday by Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office. As per the official, these facts will serve as a benchmark for policy makers at state as well as national levels.
News Source: The Tribune
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