The National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has suggested stricter enforcement of ongoing lockdown rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus across the country.
The committee has also expressed satisfaction over the government's decision to extend the lockdown till 5 May at a meeting on Wednesday.
President of the committee Prof Mohammad Sahidullah chaired the meeting where they suggested continuing to motivate the people to abide by the hygiene rules. The committee also advised on the 'exit plan' after the lockdown. The government has also been requested to implement it on an urgent basis.
According to a press release, the committee showed concerns about the rate of infection and death in India and said that a 'double variant' of the coronavirus has been identified. All passengers coming from India must ensure 14 days in the institutional quarantine. Surveillance should be strengthened to control the entry of people through the border. The committee also requested not to show any leniency in this regard.
The committee meeting warned the government about the oxygen crisis in the country. Apart from congratulating the government for launching Mohakhali DNCC Hospital with 1200 beds, special advice was also given to arrange a maternity corner in the hospital. Emphasis was placed on increasing ICU and central oxygen supply initiatives in district hospitals, not just in the capital, said the press release.
As the cost of kits required for coronavirus tests has come down, it is suggested to take immediate steps to re-determine the price in consultation with all concerned to increase the number of tests at the private level, it reads.
The committee observed that the health workers are mentally burning out. It is important to take steps to restore their morale. Therefore, the members of the committee agreed to form a new team of doctors.
In addition, they feel it is important to monitor whether the doctors can move freely and are receiving the required PPE. At the same time, there is a crisis for fourth class staff, nurses, technicians, anaesthetists and their recruitment process has been re-emphasised.