Health Secretary to Poll-bound States

In a high-level meeting conducted by the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Monday, 27 December, the poll-bound states of Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab were advised to speedily ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination of all eligible populations.

Further, they were asked to “exponentially increase the testing to ensure that the infected cases are identified promptly for timely initiation of public health response measures and to ensure that there is no sudden upsurge in numbers due to low testing.”

The state authorities were also asked to effectively enforce COVID-appropriate behaviour.

The meeting is said to have been carried out in a bid to review the public health response measures for containment and management of COVID-19.

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