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NITI Aayog releases compendium on Covid practices by states and Union Territories

Government’s premier think-tank NITI Aayog on Wednesday released a compendium of practices from states and union territories on various initiatives implemented by them for containing and managing the Covid-19 outbreak.

The practices in the compendium have been disaggregated under six sections namely public health and clinical response, governance mechanisms, digital health, integrated model, welfare of migrants and other vulnerable groups and other practices.

“Besides, a summary of the relevant government of India guidelines has been included for the aforementioned categories, wherever applicable.” the Aayog said in a statement.

According to the statement, various practices adopted by states and UTs in the fight against Covid-19 range from preparation of comprehensive route maps for contact tracing to operationalization of mobile vans for testing and providing essential health services to the doorsteps of people.

Technology has been leveraged extensively by several states and UTs, including the use of robots for delivering food, water, and medicines to patients in hospitals as well as training health personnel using virtual platforms, the Aayog said.

Further, start-ups have been at the forefront of several technological innovations, such as the development of apps offering telemedicine services, the Aayog observed.

The Aayog is of the view that even civil society organizations have worked closely with state governments and district administrations to set up control rooms for Covid management, enable the delivery of door-to-door food supplies, and mobilize self-help groups for making masks and sanitizers.

“While there is much to be gained by learning from global practices for tackling the pandemic, it is equally important to take note of practices that are grounded in our realities. Instead of expecting every state to reinvent the wheel, dissemination of such practices allows them to learn from each other and help find solutions to common problems,” NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said.

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