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.||40 %|
|Non-availability of adequate isolation beds||28%|
|Availability of adequate isolation beds||50%|
|People are highly aware of COVID-19||92%|
|People are taking precautions to cope with COVID-19||75%|
|People are handling the lockdown peacefully and in an orderly manner||69%|
|People are alarmed and panicking||31%|
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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