Covid surge: Modi gives CMs a five-point strategy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his discussions with CMs of high-burden states made five suggestions on how the second wave of infections could be handled and brought down.

Modi said there was a need for aggressive implementation of Covid-appropriate behaviour and protocols so that burden on hospitals was reduced. The use of face masks and social distancing, along with messages on hygiene, would reduce the pressure on the medical system.

The PM said monitoring of recovery rate in hospitals and increasing it by timely and prompt treatment was essential. This needed efforts to ensure treatment protocols were followed and standards maintained. Creating awareness that no medicine be taken without doctor's advice was vital as it would ensure medicines were available for those who really needed them.

A focus on oxygen audits and ensuring judicious use of the medical gas was essential even as the Centre and states made efforts to increase production and improve distribution, Modi said. Lastly, in order to deal with the increased pressure, manpower at hospitals should be increased by deploying retired medical practitioners and staff from the armed forces.

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