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COVID-19: Sub Optimal Containment Operations in Maharashtra Reported by Central Teams

The central teams sent to Maharashtra to investigate the coronavirus situation observed that the containment operations were sub-optimal in Satara, Sangli and Aurangabad districts.

COVID-19: Sub Optimal Containment Operations in Maharashtra Reported by Central Teams

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 April 2021 7:47 AM GMT

Maharashtra: As per the report sent by the Centre to the state government, the Central teams that were assigned to look into the coronavirus situation in Maharashtra observed that the containment operations were sub-optimal in Satara, Sangli and Aurangabad districts.

According to the report sent by the Union Health Ministry, the teams deployed there found "less than satisfactory perimeter control and lack of active surveillance" in COVID-19 cases.

Limited manpower was the main reason behind sub-optimal efforts at surveillance and contact tracing in the Buldhana, Satara, Aurangabad and Nanded districts of Maharashtra.

According to one of the reports from the central teams, most of the cases in Bhandara have been reported from outside the containment zone.

In a report directed to Pradeep Vyas, Maharashtra's Principal Secretary (Health), it said that the Union ministry has been "closely working with the state government in coordinating and collaborating efforts towards preparedness and response to the pandemic."

The Centre, according to a report, have deployed central teams to the 30 worst covid-19 affected districts of Maharashtra to work with the district administration to understand the spread of the covid-19 virus, supervise, provide support and solutions to contain the spread of this deadly virus.

Another report suggests that the districts of Satara, Bhandara, Palghar, Amravati, Jalna and Latur are showing delay in the reporting of test results.

It has also been observed in the Satara district that due to the delay in reporting by the patients to the treatment centres, large numbers of death have been reported within few hours of admission to the concerned hospitals.

The occupancy rates of available hospital bed capacity are very high in Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Nandurbar districts.

The availability of the supply of medical oxygen was found to be negligible in Bhandara, Palqhar, Osmanabad and Pune while incidents of malfunctioning ventilators have been reported from Satara and Latur districts. A severe shortage of healthcare force had been reported from the districts of Aurangabad, Nandurabar, Yawatmal, Satara, Palghar, Jalgaon and Jalna. Due to the shortage of manpower, the data management in Satara and Ahmednagar districts have been compromised.

There was an acute disruption of Covid-19 protocols in almost all the districts where the central teams visited.

Maharashtra is the worst affected state in India recording the worst-ever single-day infections at 63,294 taking its total tally of cases to 34.07 lakh. It also reported 349 deaths, which makes it five consecutive days where the death toll crossed 300. Maharastra on Sunday administered over one crore coronavirus vaccines, touching 1,00,38,421 doses which is the highest amongst all the Indian states.


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