Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy orders complete Covid-19 screening of all households in 90 days

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed officials to conduct comprehensive screening and COVID-19 test to cover all households within the next 90 days. 

 

During a review meeting on containing the spread of COVID-19 situation held on Monday, the Chief Minister told officials to ensure screening of every family in the State within given time and take samples wherever necessary.

As per the report, the government will use the emergency 104 ambulance service for the mass testing with slight modifications in it.

To address problems of people suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other chronic ailments, he said:

 “People suffering from diabetes, BP and other chronic ailments should also be addressed to, and the 104 ambulances should carry adequate equipment and medicines”.

“For urban areas, a separate strategy should be adopted, and urban health clinics should be planned. They should be fully equipped with medical staff’’, he added.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy asked the officials to make one 104 vehicle available per Mandal with ANMs, Asha workers and village volunteers deployed with it.

"The procedure and details of whom to approach in case of any doubt on Corona should be displayed at all village secretariats. With the onset of monsoon, the Health Department should be prepared to meet all contingencies," the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister said.

According to the official report, as of now over 24,000 tests are being conducted per day. Preference is given for testing people who are above 60 years and people above 40 years, who are suffering with chronic ailments. The mortality rate has been on the slide.

As per the report, the preference is also being given to those residing in containment zones and high-risk areas. In the industrial, trade centres, temples, market yards and other categories the tests are carried out randomly.

"The procedure and details of the person that can be approached in case of any doubt on corona should be displayed at all village secretariats. With the onset of monsoon, the Health Department should be prepared to meet all contingencies’’ the chief minister further instructed.

According to the official report, using technology, the government will also now store medical data of the patients. Encrypted in a health card with QR code, a 'chip' will store the entire medical data of patients who need to carry physically carry reports to the authorities.

Currently, out of 1.42 crore health cards, about 1.20 cards have been distributed, while the rest will be distributed soon.

Deputy Chief Minister and Medical and Health Minister Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas, Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, DGP Goutham Sawang, Medical and Health Special Chief Secretary KS Jawahar Reddy and other officials were at the review meeting. 

Unlock 1.0 has not gone down well for Andhra Pradesh. With over 5,000 Covid-19 cases recorded post-June 1. Andhra Pradesh on an average has recorded 238 cases per day in 20 days post lockdown relaxation.

On Monday, 443 new cases and five more death due to the virus were reported in Andhra Pradesh, after which its total tally rose to 9,372.

As many as 4,435 coronavirus patients have recovered after treatment, while, 111 have succumbed to the novel virus. Currently, Andhra Pradesh has 4,826 active cases

 

With inputs from Agency and media reports

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