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States & Centre must formulate common exit strategy once lockdown ends : PM


Agencies, New Delhi

Stressing that the goal is to ensure minimum loss of life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the states and the Centre must formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of population once lockdown ends.

Interacting with Chief Ministers of states via video conferencing to discuss measures to combat COVID-19, the Prime Minister said it was important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once 21-day lockdown ends. He asked the states to brainstorm and send suggestions for the exit strategy. He reiterated the importance of social distancing in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Prime Minister outlined that the common goal for the country is to ensure minimum loss of life. In the next few weeks, testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain the areas of focus.

He highlighted the necessity of maintaining supply of essential medical products, availability of raw material for manufacture of medicines and medical equipment.
Mr Modi maintained that it was necessary to ensure availability of separate, dedicated hospital facilities for COVID-19 patients. To increase the availability of doctors, he asked the States to tap into the resource pool of AYUSH doctors, organize online training and utilize para-medical staff, NCC and NSS volunteers.

Underscoring the importance of coordinated action and the need to avoid overlaps in efforts of stakeholders, the Prime Minister talked about the need of setting up Crisis Management Groups at district level and appointment of District Surveillance Officers. He said that data must be taken from the accredited labs for testing - this will ensure congruence in data of district, state and centre. He said it is necessary to ensure staggered release of funds to the beneficiaries under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana to avoid crowding at banks.



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