Thiruvananthapuram : The multidisciplinary team from centre expressed satisfaction over Covid-mitigation measures of Kerala. The evaluation by the expert team came during discussions of conditions in state with Minister Veena George aftwe it visited Thiruvananthapuram General Hospital, Paripally Medical College and Kolenchery General Hospital to make its own assessment.
The experts team was satisfied with the level of treatment, patient care, basic facilities, and vaccinations. They also recorded approval over steps taken by Public Health and the current management of the pandemic. The central team allayed apprehension saying there is no need to worry about the current TPR(Test Positivity Rate). Kerala is going steady amid this second wave largely owing to appropriate mitigation measures, it said. Kerala had lower infection rate during the 1st wave as compared to other states and it is hoped the second wave to also pass off in similar manner, said the experts. Appropriate interventions with regard to ICU and oxygen availability proved beneficial, the team added.
The Minister urged with the central team to sanction an additional 90 lakh doses of the vaccine. The government aims to vaccinate roughly 3 lakh people per day , therefore, bulk and sufficient quantities would prove helpful, , said Veena George.
The central team comprised Regional Director Officer, Public Health Specialist Dr. Ruchi Jain, and Professor from JIPMER’s Pulmonary Department Dr. SK Vinod Kumar. Those participating in the discussions included Secretary to Health Department Dr. Rajan N. Khobragoda, NHM State Mission Director Dr. Rathan Khelkar, Health Department Director Dr. VR Raju, Medical Education Department Directr Dr VA Ramla Beeviand Joint Director Dr Thomas Mathew. The team also held talks with the Public Health Wing.