IMA tells GoI to upscale preparedness amid COVID surge in various countries

A healthcare worker takes tests for coronavirus. [FPK File Photo/ Zainab]

New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday urged public to follow COVID appropriate behaviour and told the government of India to upscale preparedness to combat virus amid sudden surge of coronavirus cases in some countries.

The IMA urged the government of India to upscale the preparedness for any such situation as seen in 2021 by issuing necessary instructions to the concerned Ministries and Departments to make available the emergency medicines, oxygen supply and ambulance services, a report by IANS said.

It issued the advisory to its state and local branches to take necessary preparatory steps in case of COVID outbreak in their areas and to work proactively as done in the past to combat the outbreak.

The IMA urged to wear face masks in all public places and to maintain social distancing along with regular hand washing and public gatherings like marriages, political or social meetings etc. to be avoided.

The medical body has also urged for the COVID vaccination including precautionary dose at the earliest.

“With the robust infrastructure in public as well as in private sector, dedicated medical manpower, proactive leadership support from the Government and availability of sufficient medicines and vaccines, India will be able to manage any eventualities as done in the past”, the report said quoting IMA statement.

The IMA said that as per the available reports, nearly 5.37 lakh new cases have been reported in last 24 hours from major countries like the US, Japan, South Korea, France and Brazil. India has reported 145 new cases in last 24 hours out of which four cases are the new China variant – BF.7.

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