The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said the COVID-19 recovery rate among patients is 12.02% as against the 3.3% mortality rate. Joint Secretary for Health, Lav Aggarwal, informed that 183 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours while the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 941 in the same period. 37 deaths have also been reported since Wednesday, the official further informed.
"I would like to bring it in your attention that 325 districts have not reported any COVID cases due to field action. Our case mortality rate is 3.3.%, while the percentage of people who have recovered so far is 12.02%," Aggarwal said. He further said that Mahe, Puducherry district has not reported a single positive case in the last 28 days due to containment efforts and likewise 27 other districts in 17 different States have not reported fresh cases in the last 14 days.
"The field level action plan for containment is showing results. We will succeed if we continue our efforts in maintaining lockdown, social distancing and containment measures," the joint secretary confidently stated.
The Ministry also informed that Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan held a video conference on Wednesday with health functionaries and field officers of the World Health Organisation, in which micro-plan for clusters and outbreak containment of COVID-19 at district-level was discussed. An action plan has been prepared on strengthening India's ongoing surveillance of suspected Coronavirus carriers utilizing the services of WHO’s national polio surveillance network team.
The Health Ministry also said an advisory has been issued to ensure supply of safe drinking water to relief camops and poor communities during lockdown. The Ministry has also issued a detailed guideline to States and UTs for delivery of essential health services amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Under these, services like maternal and child health services, prevention and management of communicable diseases, treatment of chronic illnesses are included to avoid complications in such situations and respond to emergencies," Lav Aggarwal said. He added that health facilities other than COVID centres will continue such services. States are also advised to involve NGOs and private sector for this.
States are also advised to promote telemedicine to avoid overcrowding at heath centres, and re-organise services like immunisation and anti-natal care amid the lockdown. Physical distancing and required infection prevention protocol must also be followed while delivery of such services.
"Pregnant women, children with malnutrition, TB, leprosy, HIV, viral hepatitis, pulmonary diseases and services like dialysis must be given in primary health centres under required precautionary protocol," the Health Ministry further said.