District Collectors Highlight Glaring Loopholes in Health Infrastructure in Govt’s COVID-19 Survey

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 beds28%
Availability of adequate isolation beds50%
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 manner69%
People are alarmed and panicking31%

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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