MUMBAI: Central teams delegated to Maharashtra to coordinate the response to the coronavirus pandemic observed that containment operations were sub-optimal in the districts of Satara, Sangli and Aurangabad, says a report sent by the Center to the government of the State.
Teams have found “less than satisfactory perimeter control and a lack of active surveillance” in COVID-19 cases, according to the report sent by the Union Ministry of Health.
“Surveillance and contact tracing efforts have been found to be suboptimal in Buldhana, Satara, Aurangabad and Nanded, mainly due to the limited staff engaged in this task. Bhandara’s team reported that most cases were being reported outside of containment areas. Says the report.
The report to Maharashtra’s Principal Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas said the ministry had actively engaged with the state government in coordinating and collaborating on pandemic preparedness and response efforts.
The Center has sent central teams to the 30 worst-affected districts in Maharashtra and these teams are working with the district administration to understand the spread of COVID-19, provide support and supervision, and suggest viable solutions to stem the spread. , according to the report.
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Teams were tasked with working with district authorities on preparedness and response with a focus on testing, contact tracing and containment operations, appropriate Covid behavior and enforcement, hospital infrastructure and the availability of logistics and immunization progress, the report says.
“The testing capacity in Satara, Bhandara, Palghar, Amravati, Jalna and Latur districts is already exceeded, causing a delay in reporting test results,” the report said.
“The central teams of Nanded and Buldhana reported a very biased RT-PCR / RAT report. Community resistance to testing for COVID-19 has also been reported in Bhandara district. home isolation, which requires rigorous monitoring to minimize mortality. Such follow-up is not currently happening, ”he said.
It was also observed that late notification of patients to final treatment centers in Satara district resulted in a large number of deaths in the first hours after admission to hospital, according to the report.
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“The occupancy rates of available hospital beds are very high in the districts of Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Nandurbar. The Aurangabad team pointed out the district’s dependence on the districts. neighbors for the management of critical patients and the improvement of critical care infrastructure in this regard, “said the mentioned report.
“The supply of medical oxygen has been a problem in Bhandara, Palqhar, Osmanabad and Pune. Defective ventilators were reported by teams from Satara and Latur districts. Oxygen planning at hospital and district level must begin without delay, in accordance with guidelines issued by the ministry, ”he said.
Central teams also noted a “serious shortage of health personnel” in the districts of Aurangabad, Nandurabar, Yawatmal, Satara, Palghar, Jalgaon and Jalna.
He suggested that the creation of health worker rosters and the hiring of contract health workers should be accelerated.
Data management in Satara and Ahmednagar districts faces challenges due to labor shortages, according to the report.
Compliance with appropriate behavior at Covid was found to be lacking in almost all districts visited by central teams, according to the report.
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Maharashtra on Sunday recorded 63,294 new cases of the coronavirus, its largest increase in a day since the start of the pandemic, bringing the number of cases to 34,07,245, the state health department said.
The deaths of 349 coronavirus patients on Sunday brought the state’s death toll to 57,987, he added.