Coronavirus: Health Min identifies 20 existing and 22 potential hot spots in India

NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry said Thursday that it identified 20 existing and 22 potential Covid-19 hot spots in the country and stated that while there is no evidence of widespread community transmission, containment measures will require large human resources. .

The ministry said this in a notice on Covid-19's human resource management to provide guidance to states on the workforce that can be mobilized for disease management along with possible role assignments and their training requirements.

Although there is no evidence of widespread community transmission, 20 existing and 22 potential hotspots have been identified. Containment measures to break the transmission cycle and the clinical management of those affected would require large human resources, the document said.

The announcement emphasized capacity development, saying that identified human resources should be trained online using online training programs developed by the ministry.

Training for different target groups will cover areas such as field surveillance, contact tracing, sampling, sample packing and shipping, prevention and control of hospital infections, including the use of appropriate PPE and waste management. biomedical, clinical case management, including ventilator management, training on the management of quarantine and isolation facilities and community training in psychosocial care, according to the document.

The ministry advised states to identify and designate a nodal training officer who will coordinate all of these activities.

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For the Covid-19 administration, he advised the district administration to gather the necessary human resources that would remain in the containment zone until such operations have ended.

For isolation areas, in addition to training, all available hospital staff, dentists, and AYUSH professionals must also receive training. Retired doctors and other health professionals must be identified to work in non-Covid areas of hospitals in emergencies. set.

For surveillance activities, the ministry said that Covid-19 @ 1 Warriors for every 250 inhabitants can be identified and trained.

He indicated that the quarantine facilities are intended to house asymptomatic cases and the amount of identified and trained labor must be equal to the number of Covid-19 Warriors.

The notice highlights important areas where better deployment of human resources is required, such as base-level surveillance activities, containment operations monitoring management, laboratory testing, and clinical management of suspected/confirmed cases in isolation rooms. He also listed critical care management of cases of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) in the ICU, transport and referral of patients, cleaning, disinfection and waste management, quarantine management, isolation facilities and psychosocial care as some of the important areas. .