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On May 18, Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with field officials from states, districts on Covid-19 management and their experiences about the same.
Along with Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa also attended the meeting. According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), officials from Delhi, Karnataka, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Goa also participated in the meeting.
PM Modi’s interaction with the state and district officials came amid growing concerns that infections are spreading rapidly in India’s geographical region. PM Modi also urged state and district officials to innovate and find new methods to counter the pandemic. He also asked administrative officers to tackle misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines and build up the inoculation drive.
“Officials on the opposite hand, will be sharing some best practices, suggestions, and proposals for continuing the happening battle against Covid-19, especially in semi-urban and rural areas,” said PMO. It also added that officials from these districts in their relentless efforts to manage the case also have success stories that could be replicated across the country.
“The battle against COVID-19 across various states and districts is being led at the cutting edge by field-level officials. Many of them have shown great initiative and come out with imaginative solutions. A better appreciation of such initiatives will help towards developing effective response plans, targeted strategy implementation and support necessary policy interventions,” PM Modi said.
Many effective measures have been taken to ensure control of the spread of Coronavirus. Like, the Madhya Pradesh government has already launched a ‘Kill Corona-Part 3’ campaign specifically in rural areas of the state to interrupt the chain of transmission in villages by sending teams door-to-door to screen and test people and distribute medicines.
Uttar Pradesh has undertaken a serious testing drive in villages, along with 72,000 surveillance teams comprising four lakh health workers and surveillance committee members moving door-to-door in about 97,000 villages to examine persons with symptoms and give them medical kits and medicines.
On Monday, India's Covid-19 tally scaled up to 2,49,65,463 with 2,81,386 fresh cases, the lowest in 27 days, while the death toll climbed to 2,74,390 as 4,106 more people capitulated to the disease, according to Union health ministry data.