New Delhi: Union Minister, Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan chaired a high-level meeting of Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 here today.
The meeting was attended by Hardeep S Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Dr. S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Nityananda Rai, Minister of State for Home, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping, & Chemical and Fertilizers and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare. The Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat was also present at the meeting.
The GoM had detailed deliberation on the prevention and management of COVID-19 in the meeting.
It discussed strengthening the capacity of states required to devote adequate resources for creating dedicated COVID-19 hospitals.
The GoM was also informed that Gujarat, Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka, MP, and J&K are setting up hospitals dedicated for the management of COVID-19.
A total of 118 laboratories have been included in the ICMR network of COVID19 testing.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that nearly 64,000 persons have arrived from other countries to India since 21st March 2020 out of which 8,000 were put in various quarantine facilities and 56,000 are in home isolation.
He appealed to everyone not to ostracise doctors and other medical staff who are at the forefront of this health emergency.