WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan praises Ahmedabad Model for Covid-19 Management

New Delhi

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today exhorted the entire health personnel, reiterating his mantra ‘Jitshe Gujarat; Harshe Corona’ to combat and control global pandemic novel coronavirus COVID-19 on a war-footing with people’s co-operation. Ever since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the state on March 19 last, the health administration was alerted to constantly monitor, test and provide best possible timely treatment to patients.

Due to increased incidence of the virus since last fortnight, the Chief Minister directed increased surveillance of suspected cases and testing. This led to discovery of more cases in the state. The health department carried 7,64,777 cases till July 31, including 3,91,114 in the month of July alone, as against 1,61,733 cases in June, 1,47,923 in May and 64,007 in April. As on July 31, the number of tests carried out daily in Gujarat stood at 410 which is nearly three times ICMR guidelines of 140 per million. Gujarat’s patients’ recovery rate at 73.09 per cent is higher than many states, while its mortality rate of 3.97% is quite low, owing to the Chief Minister’s constant reminder to the state health department, municipal corporations and district administration to keep up the treatment and follow-up.

After watching a detailed presentation by Gujarat Government through videoconferencing, WHO Chief Scientist Dr Saumya Swaminathan said the Ahmedabad Model of COVID-19 Management – deploying a fleet of Dhanvantari Raths, Sanjivani Vans, 104 Fever Helpline Number and active participation of private hospitals in the government effort – is worth emulating for other cities and countries. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also maintained constant monitoring of the fight against COVID-19, down to cities and villages from the CM Dashboard here.