KS Jawahar Reddy, Special Chief Secretary and chairperson of Covid Command and Control Centre said that Government-NGO coordination centres are to be set up at the state and district levels with nodal officers. The State Disaster Management Authority under the chairmanship of Jawahar Reddy discussed the collaboration between the Government and NGOs in the state to combat the Covid19 pandemic effectively.
Jawahar Reddy said that NGOs can be linked between the services made available by the government and communities who are in need, complement and supplement each other and strictly avoid duplication of services. RCCE (risk communication and community strategy) approach is to be adopted through community platforms such as SHGs, village and ward volunteers, frontline health workers and NGOs.
He stressed the need to provide psycho-social support to individuals and families affected by Covid. Management of isolation centres, vaccination centres and testing centres for child care /old age homes at doorstep through mobile vehicles and separate quarantine centres for girls and boys besides shelter to orphan children in residential homes/CCIs.
Jawahar Reddy mentioned that the government had extended the provision of depositing 10 lakh to children orphaned due to Covid-19 who have lost one parent who is the breadwinner of the family and extension of deadlines for loan renewal to avoid crowding at banks.
All the NGOs within each district would be mapped and allocated to specific operational areas and functional areas to ensure efficient outreach. To deliver these services, the NGO representatives sought support from the government in terms of vaccination of their employees, identification cards and vehicle passes to ensure functioning without any disruption.
There would be periodical meetings at state and district levels to review the activities. Jawahar Reddy addressed the meeting followed by Kishore from UNICEF and CS Reddy, founder of APMAS sharing their ideas in the key areas. Joint Collectors and 26 NGOs from 13 districts and the Executive Director, took part in the meeting.