Bhubaneswar: Union Government has asked Odisha and several other State Governments to continue with the effective strategy of ‘Test, Track and Treat’ that had yielded rich dividends at the height of COVID-19 Pandemic.
Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary and Vinod K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog today interacted with Health Secretaries and MDs (NHM) of Odisha, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Union Territories s of Delhi and Chandigarh.
Odisha along with 07 other States and UTs have in the recent past seen increased positivity and increased number of daily positive cases.
They reviewed the ongoing public health measures of surveillance, containment and management of COVID cases in wake of the steep rise in daily new cases of COVID and the high number of active caseloads being reported from these eight States and UTs.
In a detailed presentation, it was pointed out that 10 districts in Odisha 9 in Delhi, 15 in Haryana, 10 in Andhra Pradesh, 9 in Himachal Pradesh, 7 in Uttarakhand, 2 in Goa, 1 in Chandigarh continue to be of concern as these districts are seeing a decrease in total tests being conducted, low share of RT-PCR tests, increase in weekly positivity and low number of contact tracing of the COVID positive cases.
These together can pose high risk of transmission to the neighbouring States and UTs. A granular analysis of the COVID response in the districts was shared with the States and UTs for further action.
These States were specifically asked toContinue with the effective strategy of ‘Test Track & Treat’ that had yielded rich dividends at the height of the pandemic.
Improve overall testing in districts reporting reduction in testing, Increase share of RT-PCR tests in districts dependent on high levels of antigen testing.
The States have been asked to Refocus on surveillance and stringent containment of those areas in selected districts which are seeing cluster of cases.
They were to carry out an average close contact tracing of minimum of 20 persons per positive case and focus on clinical management in districts reporting higher deaths.
States have been asked to actuate their health infrastructure to provide effective clinical management to all the patients as a surge in cases also affects the case fatality rate in those districts.
Union Government advised to accelerate vaccination for priority population groups in districts reporting higher cases and make optimal use of the available vaccine doses and focus on critical districts.
State Government will collaborate with the private hospitals to open up vaccination time-table for a minimum of 15 days and maximum of 28 days at a time.
The States have been asked to promote COVID-appropriate behaviour through communication and enforcement.
Stress was laid on prompt isolation and on medical supervision of those active cases presently in home isolation for early identification of progressive deterioration of the disease.
The States were also asked actively watch out for super-spreading events and share their best practices in breaking the chain of transmission, pointed out a senior official.