The centre’s high-level multi-disciplinary public health team that was sent to Kerala to oversee COVID-19 control and containment measures indicated satisfaction with the mitigation approaches used in the state.
The delegation assessed the COVID-19 treatment facilities at Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, Parippally Medical College, and Kolenchery General Hospital, and met with state Health Minister Veena George.
“The team expressed satisfaction on the treatment given to the patients, basic facilities, and vaccination process in the state,” Veena George said.
The central health team, recognised that the government had intervened effectively during the pandemic to avert a scarcity of oxygen and ICU beds in the state.
“We have also requested the union government to allot 90 lakh additional doses of vaccine. We are trying to vaccinate 2.5 to 3 lakh persons per day,” the minister said.
The team comprises Regional Director Officer Public Health specialist Ruchi jain and JIPMER Pulmonary Medicine department head Dr SK Vinod Kumar.
The team had also held discussions with health secretary Rajan Khobragade, NHM state mission director Rathen Khelkar and others.