Ministry health

Over 5,000 COVID-19 deaths so far this year, health ministry in Rajya Sabha says

A total of 5,15,355 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported from states and union territories as of March 9, 2022, Minister of State for the Ministry of Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in her statement on Tuesday. response to the Rajya Sabha. She was responding to a question from MP Abir Ranjan Biswas about the number of COVID-19 casualties since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maharashtra (1,43,745), Kerala (66,374), Karnataka (40,004), Tamil Nadu (38,019), Delhi (26,139), Uttar Pradesh (23,485) and West Bengal (21 181) top the list of COVID-19 deaths, according to information submitted to parliament.

The minister added that according to information provided by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), as of February 21, 2022, a total of 16.29 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been supplied by India to 98 countries. These vaccines were provided through grants, commercial sales by Indian manufacturers and through the GAVI vaccine alliance’s COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access) facility.

In addition to vaccines/medicines, the Indian government has also provided materials like oxygen concentrators, ventilators, protective gears, thermometers, sampling tubes, swabs, IV fluids, syringes, test kits etc. to 65 countries through the MEA, the minister said, answering a question from MP K. Som Prasad on India’s vaccine supplies to various countries.

Also giving information on the Ministry of Health’s strategy for “living with COVID”, assuming further waves of the pandemic are expected in the coming years, in response to a question from MP Md. Nadimul Haque, Dr Pawar said the Ministry of Health is providing technical guidance to manage various aspects of COVID-19 including surveillance, containment, testing, travel advice, clinical management protocols, isolation at home for mild/asymptomatic cases, etc.

In addition to this, guidelines for the safe resumption of activities in workplaces, markets, shopping malls, hotels, religious places, etc., in accordance with appropriate COVID-19 behavior, have also been issued. published and widely distributed, she said.

The Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), with an expenditure of ₹64,180 crore over six years, was sanctioned to improve health infrastructure, laboratory capacity, surveillance at checkpoints input and research to support the country in managing present and future health emergencies, Dr. Pawar said.

“Given the emergence of COVID-19 virus variants with varying transmissibility and virulence, the trajectory of COVID-19 in the country is being monitored by various expert committees. The Ministry of Health continues to closely monitor the situation. of COVID-19 across the country and around the world,” the minister said.

She added that regular review meetings are held with all relevant stakeholders, including subject matter experts and States, to review preparedness and response measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining the five-pronged strategy of test-tack-treat-vaccinate and COVID -19 appropriate behaviors.