Core teams launch door-to-door surveillance to fight Covid-19 in worst-affected districts

NEW DELHI: 'Central Public Health Teams' are helping local authorities conduct door-to-door surveillance as a measure to combat the pandemic.

The Union health ministry had deployed these central public health teams in at least 20 districts reporting the maximum number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

These teams are reporting to the respective state chief secretary/chief secretary/secretary of health and assisting state health departments in implementing containment measures for Covid-19 affected areas within these districts and cities.

These districts reported a higher number of cases, that is, 65 percent of the total cases. The core team is assisting the State government in the implementation of a containment plan. A primary focus of the core team is to implement the gate to gate surveillance to combat the Covid-19 infection, the government official said.

In addition to searching for contacts, core teams have to direct local authorities to communicate with households, inquiring about the child's reproductive health (RCH), the health of the elderly, pregnant mothers and people in the family. family with pre-existing diseases, added the official. .

He added that the state government has also been asked to sensitize households about preventive measures related to it.

The teams are deployed in 20 districts including Mumbai, Thane, Pune in Maharashtra; Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodra in Gujarat; Southeast and Central District in Delhi; Bhopal, Indore in Madhya Pradesh; Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad in Telangana; Jaipur, Jodhpur in Rajasthan; Agra, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh; Kolkata in West Bengal and Kurnool, Guntur, Krishna in Andhra Pradesh.

Experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jawaharlal Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research, JIPMER, National Institute of Family Health and Welfare (NIHFW), National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Institute of Hygiene and P├║blico All India Salud (AIIPH), among others, are part of the team.

India has so far reported 85,940 coronavirus cases of which 30,153 are recovered/migrated cases. 2,752 people have lost their lives due to the virus so far.