Central team expresses satisfaction over Kerala's COVID management

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 11 (PTI) The central team, which was deputed to support public health interventions for COVID-19 management in Kerala, on Monday held talks with the state health minister and expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the government to tackle the situation.

A team, headed by the Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr S K Singh, has been deputed after around 40,000 new cases were logged in the state in the first week of January, and around 5,000 new cases are added daily to the state's COVID-19 tally.

'We held a discussion with the central team today.

They expressed satisfaction in the steps taken by the state government in tacking the COVID-19 pandemic. They have evaluated the situation in the field and at the official level and will submit a report accordingly,' Health minister K K Shailaja said in a release.

The team had reached the state on January 7 and initially visited the bird flu-affected regions of the state.

'We have requested the central team to allot a laboratory in Kerala to test the samples for avian flu.We hope the centre will accept our request,' the minister said.

As the central government announced the date for the rollout of vaccine for COVID-19, Shailaja said the state government has finalised the list of 133 vaccination centres in the state.

The minister said Ernakulam district will have 12 vaccination centres, followed by Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode with 11 each.

'Rest of the districts will have nine vaccination centres.The state government is making use of the primary health centres, the medical colleges, private hospitals among others for the vaccination drive,' the minister said.

Shailaja said web casting has been arranged at all the vaccination centres and arrangements have been made to provide vaccine to 100 people a day.

'A waiting area, vaccination room and an observation room has been arranged at each centre following strict COVID- 19 health protocol.Till now, 3,59,549 people have registered for vaccination in the state,' the minister said in a release.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that the country will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 and said it would the world's largest inoculation programme with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.PTI RRT BN WELCOME BN WELCOME