Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb reviews holds meeting with representatives of the private hospitals in Agartala Credit: Twitter Image

Agartala: Four days after the Tripura government sought support from the centre in managing the COVID-19 situation, the ministry of health and family welfare has deputed a team of expert doctors to assist in COVID-19 management.

The two doctors will assist the state health department in reviewing and taking measures for COVID-19 management.

The two experts, Dr Daisy Panna, Consultant Epidemiologist, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Dr PK Verma, Assistant Prof respiratory medicine, Lady Hardinge Memorial College (LHMC) will be in the state for ten days.

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“The team members will visit districts reporting high numbers of cases (including Containment zones and health facilities) to review containment and surveillance, infection prevention and control practices. Testing and status of health facilities for COVID-10 will also be looked into”, education minister Ratan Nath told EastMojo.

The team will submit daily reports of activities undertaken to respective district collectors magistrates and the joint secretary, public health, ministry of health & family welfare.

The team will meet additional chief secretary, principal secretary, secretary health to de-brief and submit a report of observation and suggestions.

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The regional director (RoHFW) under MoHFW for Kolkata has been assigned to coordinate with Tripura health department for the visit of the expert doctor’s team.

Meanwhile, in a move to curb the spread of novel coronavirus cases, Tripura government has constituted a COVID management team to supervise the overall health related situation in the state.

“We have formed a COVID management team comprising eight IAS officers for management, supervision, coordination of health related issues”, Nath added.

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The team of IAS comprises of Saradindu Choudhury, Vikash Singh, Dr. Mahatme Sandeep Namdeo, Raval Hamendra Kumar, Sudhakar Shinde, Dr. Siddharth Shiv and Akshay Labroo.

“The team of officials will be functioning under the supervision of the additional chief secretary, health department in addition to their normal duties in coordination of all health-related issues to COVID-19. The team will directly report to the additional chief secretary”, Nath said.

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The state government is also likely to form an eight doctors committee to work in coordination with the IAS officers attacked with different segments of the GBP hospital.

Meanwhile, nine more persons have succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours taking the tally at 160, while the positive cases stands at 16,135 with 6,319 active and 9,653 recovered cases so far.

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