With just 1,000 tests, Jamshedpur is the country's largest Covid-free urban cluster

JAMSHEDPUR: Despite the fact that almost 75% of all cases and deaths in India have been registered in the 35 largest urban agglomerations (AU) in the country, with 66% of cases and deaths in just 13 of them, the steel center of is the only UA in the whole country with zero Covid-19 cases.

An urban agglomeration is defined as a continuous urban habitation that surrounds a city or the continuous geographic section of two or more contiguous cities. Jamshedpur's largest urban agglomeration, the largest in Jharkhand, includes the Jamshedpur, Tata Nagar Railway Colony, Mango, Jugsalai, Bagbera, Chhota Gobindpur, Haludbani, Sarjamda), Gadhra, Ghorabandha, Purihasa, Adityapur, Chota Gamahria and Kapali areas.

While East Singhbhum DC Ravi Shankar Shukla said Tuesday that the 3,000 people in 70 separate teams working to fight the virus and ease people's pain during the shutdown have performed well, he warned that only 1,000 people in the 20-lakh city Tests have been conducted so far, and it is too early to claim that the district has beaten the deadly virus.

Speaking to TOI, Shukla said: “So far, we have analyzed 1,800 samples from East Singhbhum and adjacent districts. Of these, around 1,000 are from the city. We have received 1,650 results and the remaining results are expected, ”he said, adding that 250 samples, including 100 samples from East Singhbhum, are tested every day.

While the government-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College of Medicine and Hospital has been testing Covid-19 since March 12, Tata Main Private Hospital (TMH) received ICMR approval and is expected to begin. facilities soon. We are working to speed up the randomized tests, Shukla told TOI.

Of all the tests performed at MGMMCH, only one has tested positive. A migrant who returned from Bengal to his home in the neighboring Jamtara district was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 29.

In response to a query, Shukla said that with just 1,000 Jamshedpur samples tested so far, it would be premature to conclude that the district is free from the novel, particularly with a large number of students and migrants returning home in recent days. .

Shukla said the administration is now focusing on the effective quarantine of all those returning on special Shramik trains. Home quarantine of students and workers is challenging for the administration and we have increased our digital surveillance system, he added.

He added that the district has four dedicated Covid-19 hospitals with a total capacity of 700 beds. In addition to MGMMCH and TMH, Tata Motors Hospital and Uma Superspeciality Hospital in the town of Mango have a dedicated facility for patients with coronavirus.

MGMMCH director (retired) and public health expert Dr. Akhauri Amitabh Chandra Srivastava said: “The city has seen the outbreak of various infectious diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and Japanese encephalitis in recent years. It has surprised people from all walks of life that Jamshedpur, the most cosmopolitan city in eastern India, does not have a single Covid-19 case.

Srivastava, who has worked as a microbiologist for over 35 years, added: “There are two aspects that we believe played an important role. Jamshedpur is one of the cleanest cities in the country and the locals know about medical care, which is provided by the private sector (Tata Steel) here. ”

He added: “The second reason is the impact that urban residents have on people in rural areas on the outskirts of the city. Every day, thousands of workers and workers employed in various companies bring hygiene, sanitation and medical knowledge to their areas. This is also helping to keep the viral infection away from this region.

Emphasizing that the journey ahead is a long one, Shukla said this is not the time for compliments or complacency. “People must follow the closing rules and not leave their homes unnecessarily. People have cooperated with the administration in their effort to keep the district safe. We appeal to people to stay home and continue to support the measures in the coming days.