New Delhi: The battle in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic is all set to get a significant increase in India.
The USA has now stepped in to help the Indian authorities fight the deady COVID-19 virus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated $3.6 million to increase and help the efforts of the Indian authorities to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
A US authorities assertion mentioned the preliminary tranche of funding will search to additional strengthen and assist the Central authorities’s efforts to enhance laboratory capability for SARS-COV-2 testing, together with molecular diagnostics and serology.
The funds may even assist the event of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) facilities that may enhance the flexibility of hospital networks to detect Covid-19 instances and strengthen native well being methods by means of enhanced surveillance and monitoring methods.
The CDC will work with native companions to help within the improvement of a robust public well being workforce to assist India’s capability to reply not solely to this pandemic, but additionally to future threats as nicely, the assertion mentioned.
It may even embody planning for well being emergency operation centres. In addition, the assertion mentioned, the CDC India programme will present technical help for the continuing disaster emergency and threat communication efforts of the federal government.
Since early January, the CDC’s India workplace has been collaborating with varied authorities institutes to assist the Covid-19 response in India.
According to the assertion, the US authorities businesses, together with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, have supplied greater than $1.four billion in well being help and almost $2.eight billion in complete help to India over the past 20 years.
This improvement comes sizzling on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a monetary package deal price Rs 20 lakh crore to fight the COVID-19 disaster.
India and the USA have been collaborating within the fight to defeat the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier, the Indian authorities had determined to enable provides of hydroxychloroquine – a drug used to deal with COVID-19 sufferers – to the USA, overturning an earlier choice to cease exports of the drugs.