The Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) suggested that a COVID-19 Command Centre should be established in each district, equipped with necessary infrastructure and manpower. The COVID Command Centre will ensure both way information flow between the Centre and villages. This can help optimum use of available resources and also usage of data for other scientific purposes.
COVID-19 cases have surged rapidly, particularly during the second wave and penetrating in the rural areas as well. As the pandemic spreads in the villages of India in varying intensity, accurate information about infection rate, recovery rate, death rate, supply of medicines, availability of medical infrastructures like hospital beds and oxygen need to be available to the administration with a click of a mouse. This is to facilitate efficient management of resources towards the containment of COVID-19 spread across the country.
According to TIFAC, all the districts COVID-19 Command Centres should be connected with the State COVID-19 Command Centre, which will be the repository of information of the entire state. Similarly, all State COVID-19 Command Centres will be connected digitally with the Central COVID-19 Command Centre so that information of all states and villages of India will be available centrally as well.
All the data and information that gets collected should be transferred and stored digitally so that time-series data is available at Central COVID-19 Command Centre for the whole of India and at States COVID-19 Command Centre for the entire states.
(With inputs from PIB)