Tamil Nadu launches intensive ‘micro-plan’ as Covid-19 cases cross 13000-mark

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The special care micro-plan envisages door-to-door visits, screening and testing with the help of a mobile testing lab pressed into service.

 

With coronavirus cases rising steadily in Tamil Nadu, the state health department has launched an intensive 'micro-plan' to control and contain the virus infection in 34 most affected wards spread over three municipal zones in Chennai.

The situation appeared out of control with the state reporting 743 new cases as of 8 Am on May 21 (Thursday), according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With this the total reported cases of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu has risen to 13,191. Among the total people infected as on date, 5,882 have recovered and 87 have passed away.

The total number of positive cases in Chennai alone is a staggering 8,228. Taking a serious view of the continuing spread of the infection in greater Chennai, the Chennai Corporation launched the special intensive micro-plan called 'Namma Chennai Covid Virattum Thittam.'

Earlier, Health minister, Dr C Vijayabaskar met with the Dean and Covid-19 task force team at the Government Stanley Medical College hospital and assessed the current situation. He said that the government will give special attention in most vulnerable wards in the city by a 500-member team including 120 sanitary inspectors.

The team members would be going from door-to-door, screen everyone and test them with help of a mobile testing lab pressed into service, which is the heart of a mini-camp they will put up from place to place, the minister was quoted by Deccan Chronicle as saying.

If anyone tests positive for the virus after the initial screening and PCR test, the regular protocols will take over - isolation, quarantine and hospital treatment as the case may be, Dr Vijayabaskar said.

Each household will be given a medical kit including the herbal drink powder 'Kabasura Kudineer', zinc and multi-vitamin tablets, he said, adding, facial masks and sanitizers will also be provided. Entire stretches of colonies will be disinfected. This highly focused special programme for Chennai should help in stopping the infection spread, he added (with inputs from Deccan Chronicle).

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