A central team that recently visited Tripura to study the Covid situation has expressed satisfaction about the overall management in the state.
While the central health experts in their report praised the role of Tripura Government in most of the parameters, they have also put some observations and recommendations.
Briefing the media, Tripura cabinet spokesman Ratanlal Nath has said, "As per the report, the number of Covid tests in Tripura is adequate. The special initiatives for mass testing in rural areas, government/ private offices, railway station, hospital OPDs and ward wise testing in Municipal areas have also been highlighted in the report."
Covid tests in adequate numbers, bed occupancy below 40 per cent, checking of people without masks, smooth and adequate logistics supply, regular follow-up of patients, functioning of COVID war room and command centers, house-to-house visit by ASHA workers, and most importantly, the able leadership and good coordination between the administration and the health officials in Tripura were also mentioned as good practices in the report, the minister told the media.
Two experts- Dr. R.N. Sinha, Director Professor (Public Health), All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, and Dr. Ranganath T.G, Assistant professor of Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS Raipur had visited multiple Covid Care facilities in West Tripura, Khowai and Unakoti districts as well as held meetings with the Health officials. They had visited the state from July 5 to July 9 last.
After inspecting the overall Covid situation and the existing facilities, the two-member team also made some recommendations-- training to new staff being involved in contact tracing activities so that the contacts traced to case ratio increases to the desired level, all RAT negative symptomatic cases should be subjected to RT-PCR test facilities for management of Paediatric COVID19 patients need to be put in place.
As per the report, the state didn't experience oxygen shortage so far but still new oxygen plants were being installed and the number of oxygen concentrators and oxygen-supported beds were being increased.
Dr. R.N. Sinha, Director Professor (Public Health), All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata and Dr. Ranganath T.G, Assistant professor of Pulmonary Medicine, AIIMS Raipur visited multiple Covid Care facilities in TripuraThe state education minister- Ratanlal Nath said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had highlighted Tripura's achievement in vaccination during his interactions with the Chief Ministers of all North Eastern states on Tuesday.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the term 'commendable job' regarding Covid vaccination in Tripura," Nath told the media.
A government press release said, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb taking part in the interaction apprised the Prime Minister that 189 villages, seven Urban Local Bodies and two blocks were already fully vaccinated in the state.
The Chief Minister, the release said, also highlighted that the health infrastructures in the state had improved to great extent.
Dr. Siddhartha Shiv Jaiswal, Tripura Mission Director of NHM, said there was adequate supply of vaccines and the state needs more 4 lakh doses to achieve 100 percent vaccination of the eligible population with the first shot.
Speaking to the media, Dr. Jaiswal said that the number of eligible population for vaccination against Covid in Tripura was 26.24 lakh - the figure included 16.3 lakh in the 18-44 age groups and 9.94 lakh in the 45+ age groups.
In the Covid pandemic 2.0 management, focus was laid on testing, contact tracing and treatment of the patients apart from vaccinating the people against the virus, he added.