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Arunachal govt asks dist heads to reactivate COVID control rooms

State Health Secretary P Parthiban, in an order on Sunday, urged the districts to ensure seamless administrative management of COVID-19 situation in the state, keeping in view the rise in COVID cases across the country.

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Itanagar: In view of the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, the Arunachal Pradesh government has directed all the Deputy Commissioners of the districts to re-establish the district COVID control rooms and reactivate the rapid response teams.

State Health Secretary P Parthiban, in an order on Sunday, urged the districts to ensure seamless administrative management of COVID-19 situation in the state, keeping in view the rise in COVID cases across the country.

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He urged the district COVID control rooms and rapid response teams to ensure public health response to any surge in COVID-19 cases in the districts, ease of access to services like ambulance transportation, guiding the callers to their nearest testing sites, booking of hospital bed in dedicated Covid health facilities and monitoring and follow up of home isolation cases.

The Health Secretary further ordered that the district control rooms shall be adequately staffed with medical doctors, counsellors and volunteers among other relevant staff and should be equipped with dedicated phone lines and IT equipment to cater to the assigned population.

Depending on the local ground situation and COVID-19 caseload, the control rooms shall remain functional round the clock to provide validated guidance/support to the patients, the secretary added.

In the highest single-day spike, Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday recorded 59 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s active caseload to 186 and the overall case tally to 55,521.

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