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Maharashtra and Assam Take Proactive Steps Against JN.1 Covid Variant

In response to the emergence of the JN.1 Covid variant, both Maharashtra and Assam are swiftly implementing proactive measures to safeguard public health and address the potential threats posed by the new variant. Designated as a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization (WHO), the JN.1 variant has raised particular concern as the country grapples with a surge in active COVID cases. As of December 21, there have been 22 reported cases of the JN.1 variant in the country. Originating in Luxembourg in August, this variant is now under close scrutiny

Maharashtra’s Swift Response:

Responding promptly to the emergence of the JN.1 variant, Maharashtra Health Minister Sanjay Bansode took decisive action during a meeting in the Latur district. He directed health officials to secure crucial medical supplies, such as ventilators and oxygen cylinders, at government hospitals. This decisive action, attended by key officials, reflects the state’s commitment to proactive measures.

Minister Bansode emphasized the importance of preventive measures, urging the health department to secure necessary equipment and medicines at all government-run facilities.

Proactive testing measures, overseen by district health officer Dr. Vadgave, have been initiated to screen symptomatic patients

The minister also called for the expeditious completion of construction for primary health centers, ensuring their prompt functionality. Vilasrao Deshmukh Government Medical College has reserved fifty beds for potential new cases and conducted a mock drill to evaluate the preparedness of ventilators and oxygen facilities. These efforts aim to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and response capabilities in the face of the evolving challenges posed by the JN.1 Covid variant

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde conducted a comprehensive review of the state’s health system readiness, emphasizing the importance of statewide audits in health institutions. The focus was on ensuring hospitals were adequately equipped with ample isolation and oxygen beds. In an address, Chief Minister Shinde encouraged adherence to COVID-19 preventive instructions, alleviating concerns linked to the new variant

Assam’s Decisive Actions:

In Assam, Health Minister Keshab Mahanta has issued directives to all state hospitals, urging them to make necessary arrangements to effectively combat COVID, with specific attention to the detection of the new COVID subvariant JN.1. Following a meeting with the Union Health Minister, Mahanta assured that hospitals are fully prepared, equipped with sufficient ICUs, doctors, and testing kits.

Mahanta emphasized the state’s readiness to tackle COVID and affirmed that they are providing full support to COVID-19-positive patients at no cost. He assured the public that patients are under observation, highlighting the state’s 100% preparedness to combat COVID-19.

As both Maharashtra and Assam proactively address the challenges posed by the JN.1 variant, these measures underscore the states’ commitment to public health and safety. The collective efforts aim to reassure the public and effectively manage the evolving situation with readiness and prudence

Source: Inputs from various media Sources

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