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Health Secretary reviews action taken and preparedness with concerned Ministries on Novel Coronavirus

Health Secretary Preeti Sudan on Friday reviewed preparedness for prevention and management of various states with concerned ministries on the Novel Corona virus.

Ms Sudan informed that various precautionary measures have been undertaken in close coordination with the concerned ministries at the central level.

She added that the situation is under control in the country and is being regularly monitored by Prime Minister’s Office, Health Ministry and Cabinet Secretary on a regular basis regarding the status of preparedness and actions taken so far. 

During the meeting, the states were urged to keep enhancing the awareness among the masses for prevention through personal hygiene and self-reporting in case of any travel from China and other identified countries.

Ms Sudan further elaborated that containment and prevention activities shall be taken up on utmost priority.

All the states need to strengthen their rapid response teams to counter any eventuality. She informed that one patient from Kerala, a student from Wuhan University, who tested positive for the virus was discharged yesterday from the isolation ward. States bordering Nepal – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim have been advised to strengthen the disease surveillance.

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