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NDMA On COVID-19

With number of Corona virus(COVID-19) infections on rise across Globe, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has advised the State Government to take the support of the District Disaster Management Agencies (DDMA)s so that concerted efforts can be taken up to contain the virus transmission.

NDMA Member Secretary GVV Sarma has advised the State Government in this regard as COVID-19 infected number across the Globe has already crossed 90,000 and State needs to gear up efforts to contain the transmission of the infections.

Mr.Sarma feels that State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and DDMAs are needed to be taken in confidence to face such a disaster and there should be coordinated efforts to curtail virus transmission.

DDMAs will be able to play crucial role in connecting NGOs and Civil Society Groups in generating awareness and containing spread of virus.

While Cabinet Secretary is continuously taking the review meeting and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare time to time is issuing guidelines to curtail the virus transmission, he said the services of the Disaster Management Agencies is needed to be taken for effective control of COVID-19, said sources.

DDMAs are needed to hold coordination meetings with credible NGOs and other Civil Society Organizations to ensure and enhance community participation.

State Government must ensure to take all measures to maintain business continuity, essential services and avoid panic as well as spreading rumors by having clear cut communication plan for interacting with Media.

Hospitals dealing with International Patients and Medical Tourism are at potentially high risk. Hence adequate segregation mechanism for patients arriving or under treatment form these countries needs to be in place.

Psychological Care Helpline and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for panic prevention needs to be in place with the help of expert agencies, pointed out NDMA.

Strategy for Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene Campaigns in Schools is needed to be started immediately.

NDMA had advised for risk assessment of the situation prevailing in the State and accordingly a decision for temporary closure of schools can be taken.

If situation worsens, directives are needed to be issued on work from home options for major corporate and offices.

People are needed to be made aware of Travel Advisory being issued time to time by Union Government and International and National work related travel must be avoided unless absolutely necessary, advised NDMA.

If necessary directive may be issued to avoid public gathering in confined places as much as possible and mass gatherings may be rescheduled or postponed and held after risk assessment, advised NDMA.
 


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